Well known in Memphis for a while, Adonis Thomas took his reputation and recruitment to the national level this spring and summer. Thanks to a string of impressive outings with USA Basketball's 16 and under team and the Memphis Magic, the 6-foot-5 wing who just began his year at Melrose high is now considered among the top prospects in the class of 2011.
Grateful for the recognition, Thomas was happy with his performance. However, he still thinks he has some areas of his game that need work.
Offensively, I think I did a good job and I played good defense," said Thomas of his summer. "I think I need to work on my outside shot. That's a big thing because in college I think I'll need to play the shooting guard."
Extremely athletic, few players at any position can match either Thomas' first or second jump. He moves well laterally which allows him to be a high level defender and he's a strong kid who doesn't mind getting physical. His no nonsense approach has won over coaches from all across the country.
"Lately some of the new calls I've been getting are from North Carolina, Florida State, Harvard and Duke has been calling," said Thomas. "Miami, Oklahoma, Florida, Marquette, Missouri has offered, Memphis has been around. There's Tennessee, Georgetown and Indiana's head coach Tom Crean just called. There's also Ohio State. Kentucky."
A few weekends ago, Thomas had the opportunity to travel to Gainesville for Florida's elite camp.
"I really enjoyed that," Thomas told Fightin' Gators. "I also got a chance to talk with Billy Donovan while I was at Global Challenge after going to the camp. Being out there with Patric Young who had committed and seeing the whole thing was good. I'll probably go back for a football game."
"I talk to their coaches almost every day with the email."
For now, Thomas is focused on letting his body get a little rest and concentrating on academics before getting back in the gym to prepare for his junior year. With a large list of schools and more calling every day, he's in no hurry and under no pressure to make a decision so he'll be taking his time with things.
"My senior year, spring time I think," said Thomas of how long he could wait before making a decision. "I want to be sure. There's a lot of things going on and things change."