ABCD: Scouting Lance Thomas

Our roaming hoops scout is in attendance at ABCD. On Friday he had a chance to scout one of Duke's top targets, Lance Thomas.

Lance Thomas:

Thus far, Thomas has been solid, but not spectacular. Listed at 6'8", 200 lbs, Thomas is very agile and runs the floor beautifully. He loves to get out and run in transition. Right now, he's more of a 4/3 than a 3/4. He's active down low and springs off the floor very quickly. He finishes well around the basket, though with some added weight he'd be even more difficult to defend on the low blocks.

Thomas got to the free throw line quite often which speaks volumes for his aggressiveness. He was one of the most active players at the camp through the first two days. Through 4 games, he's averaging 7.8 points on 37.5% shooting. His outside shot is not a very fluid one, but his outside game is something that he is working on to compliment his inside game.

Defensively, Thomas has very active hands and he contests everything. He seems to fit the description of a Duke defensive player. While defending the post against bigger players, Thomas gets into a nice wide stance and holds his own.

By all accounts, Thomas is a hard worker and a very good student, so it's no wonder Duke is interested. His development over the next couple of years will be very interesting and crucial. Currently, I wouldn't really describe him as a post player or a perimeter player. He does a little of both.

I'd like to see him really embrace one of those two roles, and then work to be competent at the other. Currently, he's not outstanding either inside or outside, but because he is so young, there's definitely reason to believe that he will eventually develop into an elite player.

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