Jacob Thomas Gets Minnesota Interest

Jacob Thomas, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound junior guard from Columbia Heights, is perhaps Minnesota's top backcourt player in the Class of 2010. Thomas led the Hylanders to a 13-14 mark last season as he averaged 21.8 points as a sophomore. Thomas attended the recent Minnesota Gopher Advanced Basketball Camp. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Hylander head coach Willie Braziel to learn the latest.

Jacob Thomas averaged 21.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.9 steals and 1.1 assists per game last season. He shot 41% from the field, 34% from three-point range and 72% from the line. The Hylanders finished 13-14, a big improvement over a 4-21 mark the previous season.

Hylander head coach Willie Braziel has high expectations for his team this upcoming season.

"We have all five starters back. We lost three or four seniors and return just one senior. We will start four or five juniors and they helped lead us to the final four of the Minnesota Gopher team camp," Braziel said.

Thomas is playing for the Howard Pulley 16-and-under AAU team that will play in the NY2LA event in Milwaukee this upcoming week. His recruitment will likely grow leaps and bounds as more coaches see him this summer. Braziel said that Thomas is getting some recruiting interest.

"He is getting a lot of letters. The main three is Minnesota, Northern Iowa and Colorado State," he said. "He didn't get to go to Wisconsin with us for their camp."

Braziel said that his star guard has plenty of strengths as a player.

"He has great instincts and a wonderful shot. He has a great stroke and a fluid motion in his jump shot," Braziel said.

Braziel said that Thomas is working hard to improve himself as a player.

"He needs to improve defensively. He took plays off as a sophomore."

Braziel said that Minnesota watched Thomas closely during their Advanced and team camp.

"The Gophers wanted to see him handle the ball," he said. "He has got to get stronger, but he can shoot the lights out. He won four or five games by himself. He is a good kidl, a likable kid who comes from a good family. He wants to attend the "U" and likes the "U."

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