Bloomington – Could Kellon Thomas' first big scholarship offer be on the horizon?
The 5'10" Southport H.S. sophomore point guard is a well-known and highly-regarded prospect in the 2012 class, but he's still waiting for someone's interest to translate into an offer. Thomas is hoping that could happen as early next week, when he takes an unofficial visit to nearby Butler.
"I'm supposed to go Butler next week, and I've heard I might get offered," Thomas said. "If I did, that would be big for me."
Whether or not the offer comes next week or not, the time will come when programs begin extending offers to the Indianapolis area point guard. Programs like Indiana, Oklahoma, Butler, Ohio and Iowa have all been expressing interest, and more figure to get involved during his final three years of high school basketball.
While he only has one season of high school basketball under his belt, Indiana assistant coach Tim Buckley and head coach Tom Crean are very familiar with Thomas' abilities. He's been to just about every Elite Camp that Crean has held during his 1 ½ years on the job, and his Spiece Indy Stars 15-and-under AAU team was one of the squads that the IU staff watched the most over the summer.
During a recent trip to Bloomington for Hoosier Hysteria, Thomas talked to the IU coaching staff again and they told him they'd continue to watch him closely during the upcoming season.
"They said this is going to be a big year for me and that they're going to keep an eye on me," Thomas said.
What they will see is a rapidly improving player with pure point guard skills. Those point guard skills have been refined a great deal during this past AAU season. Playing alongside the likes of Ron Patterson, Jeremy Hollowell, Austin Burgett and Jared Drew freed up Thomas to be more of a creator than he's been in the past.
"Playing with them made more become a true point guard," Thomas said. "In the past even in AAU I was mainly known as a scorer because we didn't have the same components. But with them I could pass more and focus on being a true point guard."
While getting teammates involved was a summer priority for Thomas, he's still more than capable of scoring points in his own right. He's a physical point guard that can get in the lane and finish, and he's also been spending long hours in the gym to make himself a more consistent 3-point shooter.
Those skills should make him one of the better players in the Indianapolis area this season. Thomas started on his prep team last year as a true freshman and averaged 10.0 points per game. He's already been named a team captain for the upcoming campaign under first-year coach Wes Peek.
If Thomas takes another big step forward this season, he could find the scholarship offers coming in at a fairly steady clip. If that happens, he's not afraid to make an early decision if the right school comes on board.
"Right now I'm just waiting, but it comes to where I get (an offer) and it would be my best option to commit, then yeah, I'd do that," Thomas said. "I've gotten looks from Oklahoma and Indiana, Iowa and Butler. Those are all big schools. If any of them offered I'd really have to look into it."
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