Lance Thomas would be honored to play for Pitino

<b>Lance Thomas</b>, rated one of the nation's top 15 prospects by Scout.com, has plenty of interest from college coaches. Just last week, Louisville coach Rick Pitino paid the 6-foot-8 forward a visit in New Jersey. Even with all the attention, the St. Benedict Prep star believes he's got much room for improvement, and he's looking for a college coach who can push him to even greater heights.

Though Lance Thomas currently rates as one of the nation's top 15 prospects in the class of 2006, the Newark, New Jersey native isn't quite satisfied.

The 6-foot-8 forward led his high school to a State A Prep championship this year and averaged a double-double putting up 18 points and 10 rebounds a game. But Thomas, who plays for Dan Hurley at St. Benedict Prep, says he still has a lot to accomplish before he'll be content.

"I'm just trying to be the best that I can be," Thomas said. My goal is to be the number one player and I have a lot of work to do… I see myself as a very high prospect, but I still have a lot of work to do. I'm going to try to go for the number one spot."

Thomas believes he still has considerable room for improvement, but the college coaches must think he's developing nicely. He's had a number of visitors the past few weeks, including Rick Pitino from Louisville.

Louisville is among a few schools that are recruiting him very hard right now, the other three being Arizona, Duke, and Villanova. While those schools may be recruiting him the hardest there are plenty of others that are involved with his recruitment, including Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, UConn, and North Carolina to name a few.

Thomas insists that he is wide open at this point and declined to give a list of schools that he is looking at in particular. He said he hopes to trim his list and take official visits at the end of the summer.

The top rated junior has been getting serious looks from Pitino and although he doesn't know much about the program in Louisville, Thomas said he's going to do some research.

"I think it's definitely a great school," Thomas replied when asked about the Cardinals. "To be coached by Rick Pitino would be an honor. From what I know it's a great school."

So what is Thomas looking for in a school?

Most prospects look at different aspects of each college, but for Thomas he's looking for a place that can pull every ounce of talent from his body.

"I'm looking for a good atmosphere. I'm looking for a school that is going to push me hard," Thomas replied. "I don't want to underachieve at the next level. I don't want be the guy that people (say) was pretty good in high school, but in college he fell off. I don't want to be that type of player."

With such a process Thomas doesn't want to get ahead of himself, which is why he's taking his time. He's receiving interest from a number of schools and he is enjoying it all.

"Yeah it's a once in a life time thing. I enjoy it but I don't let it get to head because I still have a lot of things to work on."


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