"It's just hard to pass up a scholarship to Duke," said Thomas of his decision. "I've known it was the right situation for the last few days, and I'm comfortable with it."
Picking the Blue Devils, who are a perinnial top ten program over the hometown Scarlet Knights wasn't easy, but in the end the opportunity to play for Coach K in the ACC was too much to overcome.
"The opportunity to help Rutgers turn things around was appealing, but in the end it was hard to turn down the challenge of playing at Duke."
The addition of Thomas only enhances the Blue Devils' recruiting haul in 2006, bolstering it into the top five as ranked by Scout.com's Dave Telep. The top-rated recruit of the bunch is No. 15 Gerald Henderson, a 6-foot-5 small forward out of Philly. He joins 6-foot-6 shooting guard Jon Scheyer (No. 20) and 7-foot-2 center Brian Zoubek (No. 38).
Telep describes Thomas as "an athletic power forward with bounce in his step. He can play facing the basket to mid-range but does his best work along the baselines where he's an attacked with a knack for getting to the free throw line."
Thomas' recruitment had been one of the most documented and highly anticipated announcements of the year. Only Top 10 Darrell Arthur and Top 40 Scottie Reynolds remain in terms of unsigned All-Americans.