Lance Thomas Taking His Time

Trying to keep up with the unfolding saga that is the Lance Thomas recruitment can get tiring if you're a high major collegiate program. Despite the approaching fall signing period, the 6-foot-8 Thomas has taken just one official visit and has yet to narrow his list down to a final five programs.

"He hasn't had a chance to narrow his list down as much as he had hoped," said Lance Thomas' uncle and unofficial recruiting coordinator Monty Montgomery. "Right now he's trying to figure out where some programs are in their process so he can make a decision on them."

With a list that includes Arizona, Connecticut, Duke, Florida, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Rutgers, St. John's, Villanova, Wake Forest, Louisville, Miami (Fl), Seton Hall, Syracuse, and others, which programs have begun to separate themselves from the pack?

"Right now we know Arizona is probably in the top group, and Duke is there too with Villanova. The other schools are right there as well. We're still waiting to hear from a few schools like Wake Forest, North Carolina, Saint John's and Florida to see where they are with everything."

The reason for the Wildcats' seemingly solid ground in relation to the other schools stems from Thomas' visit to the desert last week according to Montgomery.

"It was a wonderful visit for us. "I don't think that he learned anything basketball-wise about the school that he didn't already know. What he did see first hand was what a great teacher Lute Olson is."

One thing that has been learned by many who have followed this recruitment is that the Thomas camp is careful not to commit to anything publicly before they are ready. Still, sources indicate that Thomas will visit Duke during the last week of September along with Blue Devil commit Jonathan Scheyer for their official visits.

"He's definitely going to visit Duke," said Montgomery. "He wants to get on campus and really check the whole thing out."

Fans looking to check out Thomas as a member of any program's class of 2006 recruiting haul may have a long wait ahead though.

"He could sign in the fall, but he's going to make certain of everything. If he's sure it's a match then I think he'll go ahead, but in the end I think it'll be in the spring."

Thomas is rated as a five star prospect by He is considered the No. 19 overall prospect in the class and 6th best power forward.

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