Local Forward Hoping for Terps Look

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- For local prep hoops aficionados, the name Charlie Thomas may ring a bell.

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- For local prep hoops aficionados, the name Charlie Thomas may ring a bell.

The former Seneca Valley High School/Wake Forest/New Mexico big-man out of Montgomery County was a household name back in the 1980s.

Now, the next generation has come along in son Charles Thomas of River Hill High School (Columbia, Md), another rugged, versatile forward who has been getting some Terps looks of late.

The 6-foot-8, 240-pound Thomas has seen Maryland get in touch this summer, as well as run pickup ball at Comcast Center a few times.

Terrapin Times caught up with the Class of 2015 Thomas at the Reebok Breakout Classic July 9 in Philadelphia, fresh off another unofficial visit to campus for some pickup and to visit with the coaches and players.

"Yeah, I have been to quite a few pickup games," Thomas said. "And I feel very comfortable when I am out there. The guys are really cool, and everyone from the coaching staff to the players are very nice."

Thomas, a versatile 4/3 who can both face and play back to the basket, has begun to rack up some initial offers.

"Xavier, William & Mary, Drexel, they have offered," Thomas said.

Maryland, West Virginia, Clemson and Wisconsin, among others, have been in touch as well.

"My game is pretty good right now, but I still have got a lot to develop," Thomas said. "If I go to the next level I am going to have to learn how to guard the perimeter more. If I don't grow anymore I am probably going to have to be a 3/4. So that's where I am looking to improve my game now."

As a junior Thomas averaged 20 points per game and 11 rebounds per game at River Hill. He can drift out and nail jumpers, while he is a thick-boned, broad-shouldered talent who can also do damage inside with his girth. He didn't get a lot of post touches at the Reebok camp, but he ran the floor, was active on the glass and put it on the floor to create his shot.

On the offensive end, Thomas said of his game:

"I like the face-up game in the post. I like to shoot mid-range. And I can hit the three ball, too," Thomas said.

West Virginia and Clemson, he said, he hopes to visit next. Thomas would like to hear more from Maryland as well.

"We have a few kids on my AAU team who used to play on DC Assault, who are now on [DC] Premier like Melo Trimble and before him Roddy Peters. So I know some people out there," Thomas said of UMD. "If Maryland was to offer I would take a pretty good look into it."

Thomas said he has enjoyed the pickup runs at UMD, while he has been to Terps home games before.

"The atmosphere is crazy. The crowd is crazy. They always get after it down at Maryland," Thomas said.

He is a local insider the Terps will no doubt continue to monitor in the coming months as they look to fill a likely three-man class.

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