Thomas Impressed with Duke Early

So far he's only seen a little bit when it comes to the world of high major recruiting, but after a weekend in the triangle checking out the sites and sounds of Tobacco Road, rising junior combo forward Lance Thomas knows a bit more of what he's looking for.

"I definitely am impressed with the surroundings here," said Thomas. "You can kind of feel all of the tradition around this place. I mean Cameron doesn't look that big, but you have to stand there a minute to take it all in."

While he was taking in Duke's campus, a number of people began to take in Thomas' overall game, which proved to full of potential. At 6-foot-8, and 215 pounds, he's not afraid to battle on the interior, and he's able to take bigger defenders out to the perimeter when needed. Included in his frame are a pair of very long arms which allow him to routinely get his shot off over smaller defenders or while ultilizing a fall away jumper that's impossible to defend.

Over the weekend Thomas routinely scored in the mid 20s, but most of his points came from the line including an amazing 27 free throw attempts on Friday night against the New England Playaz.

"That happens a lot with me. Last year at Slam Dunk to the Beach I think I went to the line around 36 times in two games. I just like to battle and attack the rim when I get the chance."

Currently Thomas' reputation continues to grow as a number of schools have begun sending out feelers to his uncle, who is handing the recruiting contact at this early stage. Those schools include Duke, Arizona, Wake Forest, St Joe's, Syracuse, Georgia Tech, Rutgers, and Kansas so far, though Johnson quickly notes that he's ‘open' to anyone at this point.

While he hesitates to name a clear cut leader, Lance Thomas was certain to chime in with some positives regarding the host program of the weekend for him.

"Duke has a great history and tradition, and that's very important to me. I like the way they use their 3's in the flow of the offense. I mean anyone in their right mind would want to be recruited by them, and it's a dream to have them as interested as they are. I don't know what else to say, really."

As a junior playing alongside Derrick Caracter, Thomas put up 19 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists for his high school team on the court, while maintaining a 3.6 grade point average off it.

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