Thomas Still Considering Four

The top target remaining on the 2005 recruiting board says he's still at four..

UNION, N.J. -- Lance Thomas took four official visits in the fall, and not much has changed regarding the 6-8 forward's recruiting options, according to St. Benedict's Head Coach Dan Hurley.

Hurley said that Rutgers, Duke and Florida remain as strong considerations for Thomas, who scored 16 points in the Gray Bees' 45-44 loss to rival St. Patrick H.S. of Elizabeth, N.J. this week.

Thomas took official visits to that trio of programs and Arizona, burning four of his five paid trips that are allotted under NCAA rules. That means Thomas has one official visit left to take this winter or spring, if he so chooses.

"I am not sure if he will take another visit," Hurley explained. "I think he is really focusing on those four schools."

Hurley said that all four finalists have tendered scholarship offers. Arizona signed three players in the fall, including forwards Chase Budinger and Jordan Hill, so it's unclear just how important a priority Thomas will be for the Wildcats this spring.

"The scholarship is there at Arizona, if he wants to go, but I doubt that they will be recruiting him this year," Hurley said. "I think he is still considering them, but I don't think they're going to be sitting in the front row, begging for his signature."

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