Southport – There will be plenty of eyes on Kellon Thomas this summer.
The 5'10" point guard from Southport (Ind.) H.S. is on a slew of big-name programs' radars. Indiana, Michigan, Arizona State and St. Joseph's are among the schools that have been in to see the Class of 2012 prospect in recent months, and plenty of others are well aware of the Indiana Elite One prospect.
With two years of high school eligibility remaining, this summer will be the time when Thomas hopes some of that interest starts turning into concrete scholarship offers.
"This is a real big summer for me," Thomas said. "I need to come out and be a distributor, show I can control the point and play good defense."
Truth be told, Thomas got a little bit of a head start on impressing college programs at the close of his sophomore season. After his young Southport team struggled to a 1-13 start to the regular season, it won three of its last five to close the regular season. That set the stage for a state tournament stunner, when Thomas scored 33 points in the sectional opener to lead his team to a shocking 72-69 win over No. 5 Center Grove.
Thomas added 19 more in a 64-62 loss to Franklin Community in the sectional semifinals, and his late season surge caught the eye of plenty of college coaches. He hopes to continuing impressing this summer on an Indiana Elite One 16-and-under team that will also feature the likes of Ron Patterson, Kellen Dunham, Jared Drew, Aaron Payne and Ryan Weber.
"I think this team has a chance to be really good," Thomas said. "I think we'll have really good team chemistry, with everyone knowing their roles. Dunham can shoot, Jared (Drew) getting boards, and our big men know what to do."
Thomas, meanwhile, will likely be the player with the ball in his hands. He'll share the point guard duties with Payne, and he'll focus on getting others involved, penetrating and finishing when the opportunity presents itself, and knocking down open jumpers if defenders focus too much attention on Patterson or Dunham.
The NCAA recruiting calendar won't allow college coaches to attend Thomas' AAU season debut this weekend in Indianapolis at the IndyBall.com Shootout, but he knows they'll be on hand soon enough to see how he might fit into their future plans.
"I know a lot of programs are already recruiting point guards," Thomas said. "I'll be looking for a program where I think I can fit in and come in and control the pace and step in and do what I do."
Thomas plans to take a closer look at two schools when the AAU schedule permits. He said he will travel to Arizona State this summer to check out the Sun Devil program, and he's also slated to go to Ann Arbor to participate in Coach John Beilein's team camp.
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