Jacob Thomas Commits to Long Beach State

Jacob Thomas, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound senior guard from Columbia Heights (MN) High, has committed to Long Beach State, according to Rene Pulley. head of the Howard Pulley AAU program. Thomas had received interest from several Division I schools, including Minnesota. Thomas, who is perhaps state's top guard, led the Hylanders to a 18-11 mark last season as he averaged 22.8 points as a sophomore.

Jacob Thomas scored in double figures in all 29 games last season, including 40 points versus Rosemount and 41 against Robbinsdale Cooper. The Hylanders finished 18-11, losing to Spring Lake Park in the Class 3A, Section 3 finals.

Thomas led the Hylanders to a 13-14 mark as a sophomore as he averaged 21.8 points.

Thomas still has some work to do academically to qualify as a freshman. However, Rene Pulley. head of the Howard Pulley AAU program, said that Long Beach State showed that they were will to commit to Thomas, while other programs were waiting for him to make academic progress before they offered him a scholarship.

Thomas is an outstanding shooter with terrific shooting range. He is an outstanding athlete who needs to continue to improve his ballhandling and mid-range game.

Long Beach State is coached by former Minnesota head coach Dan Monson and his assistant Vic Couch, who also coached for the Gophers, was key in his recruitment, according to Pulley.

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