And improved he has after leading the St. Benedicts Grey Bees to a 24-1 overall record and a State Championship in the New Jersey Prep School circuit, while averaging 16 points and nine rebounds per game and logging 13 double-doubles on the season in his junior season. That performance has only helped increase the interest from many high major teams.
"I'm hearing from Duke, Arizona, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Connecticut, North Carolina, and Villanova. I'm wide open at this point and I won't narrow it down until after the summer."
When pressed to separate the schools in tiers, Thomas won't budge, but uncle and unofficial recruiting coordinator Monty Montgomery does offer that the Blue Devils, Wildcats, and Yellow Jackets have stood out in his mind.
"They are working hard on him right now," said Montgomery. "But I don't think any could be called a leader."
Though Lance isn't concerned with establishing a leader or even evaluating that process at this point, when prompted for his thoughts on Duke, the 6'8 forward has nothing but rave reviews for head coach Mike Krzyzewski and his staff.
"What can you say about Coach K? He's the best and both he and Duke speak for themselves. They are the elite program in the country. It's an honor and a privilege to know that they are so serious about recruiting me."
And though Thomas is considered ‘the man' on his high school and AAU teams, he's aware that he'll have to continue to work no matter where he chooses. Should he end up choosing a school like Duke where recruiting classes full of McDonalds All-Americans is commonplace, it'll be that much more important.
"That's why I continue to work hard every day. I know that going to a school like that would mean competing every day at the highest level to earn my shot. It's motivating for me when I work. I want to be the best."
Judging by his progress to date, Thomas is well on his way.