Lance Thomas Continues To Work

Most people don't understand what it is to be a big time college prospect. They don't realize the amount of time spent in the gym, alone. They don't realize the sacrifices. And they don't grasp the pressure it brings. Such is the life of Lance Thomas, who has his pick of high major programs. Though talking to him, you'd never know it.

Coming off a weekend where he faced off against likely NBA early entrant Brandon Rush, you'd expect the 6'8, 205 pounder to have a bit of swagger about him. After all, he was the best looking prospect in the game. But, that's just not Lance Thomas.

Instead, you are told of what his team did. And the successes of the group. No mention of his stats. No talk of his impact.

"We did really well; We held Rush to eight points and won by double figures," says Thomas. "We were really excited to get a big win. It's good for our team."

That kind of humility, albeit rare, is what is guiding's No. 11 prospect in the class of 2006 as he navigates the sometimes rough waters of the recruiting process.

"I want to go to a school where my skills will be used to help the team win championships. That's the goal."

Enter the Duke Blue Devils, who have long identified Thomas as one of their top overall targets in the class of 2006. In fact, he may be considered the top item on the Duke wish-list in the current crop of elite junior prospects.

At 6-foot-8, Thomas possesses a long and wirery frame, and is deceptively strong. He loves contact and has a nose for rebounding. The St. Benedict's Prep star also has a good looking face up game and can kill you with mid-range jumpers. And, to top it off, he apparently reminds head coach Mike Krzyzewski of former Blue Devil Luol Deng.

The heavy interest shown by Duke has certainly made its mark on Thomas, though he's in no rush to jump into a decision.

"It's an honor to know that Duke is serious about me, with them only looking at a few guys each year, it's such a privilege knowing that I'm a guy that they really want."

When asked about his thoughts on Krzyzewski, Thomas lit up, adding:

"It's really inspiring to me to be recruited by Coach K, he's such a great motivator, I really like how I could go in and compete with that team."

On the year Thomas is averaging 17 points and just under 10 rebounds per game for the Grey Bees.

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