With today’s announcement that he’s going to be a Kansas Jayhawk, the senior can finally take some time and start worrying about things like school and his final season of high school basketball.
“It feels real really good,” said Quintrell Thomas of committing to Kansas. “I don’t have to worry about any of it anymore. All I have to worry about is getting my work done.”
While many kids in his position are looking to stay close to home, Thomas says that he was actually looking to get away. But, having grown used to winning during his high school career the athletic forward wanted to make sure that he picked a school that could compete on a national scale.
“Pretty much I wanted to go out of state from the jump and I’d never lost in my life,” Thomas told Phog.Net. “Going to Kansas will be easy because I’m going somewhere that I’m going to win.”
Particularly helpful in making a decision was Thomas’ September official visit to Lawrence. Having never been to Kansas before, he admits that he wasn’t expecting there to be much to do.
“A year ago my thought would have been that it’s like a school in the middle of a farm,” said Thomas. “It was a lot nicer than I thought it would be. There’s plenty stuff to do but it’s a lot more quiet. It doesn’t seem like there’s any traffic out there and I could live without the traffic.”
Just as, if not more, important is the relationship that the outgoing Thomas was able to develop with the Kansas staff and players.
“My relationship with them is real good, that’s another big thing” said Thomas. “It felt like a family situation when I went down there, nobody was real selfish or anything like that.”
On the floor, Thomas is an energetic guy who does his best to create mismatches. He admits that he’s more comfortable around the hoop right now, but his face up game is coming along and he’s planning on getting the opportunity to play some away from the basket.
“I’m a lot quicker than people my size. I’m also steadily getting better with my perimeter stuff and am really improving on the offensive end,” said Thomas. “They (Kansas coaches) see me as playing the same role that Julian Wright played. They didn’t really compare me to anybody in particular, just said I’d get to play some like him.”
With his decision out of the way, Thomas says that his goals for his senior season include leading his team to a state championship and earning New Jersey player of the year honors. After that, it’s all about preparing for the next level and he’s ready to put in the work it will take to be an impact player as a freshman.
“I need to stop relying on jumping and dunking everything, well that’s what my coaches tell me,” said Thomas. “I need to get better at other areas of my game and work on my decision making because I won’t just be able to dunk everything. I’ll be ready.”