Just a Matter of Time for Thomas

Greensboro (NC) Day small forward Johnny Thomas hasn't signed with NC State just yet but don't worry Wolfpack fans. It is just a matter of time before Sidney Lowe and company receives a national letter of intent from Thomas.

Greensboro (NC) Day small forward Johnny Thomas hasn't signed with NC State just yet but don't worry Wolfpack fans. It is just a matter of time before Sidney Lowe and company receives a national letter of intent from Thomas.

"Actually I'm going to sign on Saturday," said Thomas. "I'm going to go back home with my folks, and do it back then. I want them present for this."

Thomas will sign at 1:00 on Saturday at Sports Center in Morehead City. He joins J.J. Hickson in the Wolfpack's 2007 class. Thomas had a chance to face Hickson this past summer, and he was impressed with the five-star prospect.

"I haven't met [Julius Mays], but I played against J.J.," said Thomas. "He seems like a cool guy, and he really has his head on straight. I've seen him and actually I played against him. I know what he can do. I'm looking forward to playing with him.

"I wasn't really surprised when he committed to State. I called up there when he was on his visit, and I was able to talk to him. He said he was enjoying his visit, and I had a good feeling about him."

Thomas was Lowe's first commitment in the 2007 class, as he verbaled to the Wolfpack in June after considering offers from George Washington, Miami, and Virginia Tech among others.

As a junior, he led Greensboro (NC) Day to the state title after averaging nearly 19 points and nine boards. At 6-foot-5 and 210-pounds, he projects as a small forward on the next level. Thomas compares his game to two other former North Carolina prep standouts, and two players who had outstanding college careers: Raleigh (NC) Enloe native and Texas Longhorn P.J. Tucker and former Wake Forest star and current Dallas Maverick Josh Howard.

He played this past summer on the AAU circuit with the North Carolina Gaters and his signature performance came at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions where he earned All-Tournament honors. Now he is hoping to lead Day back to another state title.

"I'm looking forward to this season. I'm ready to play this year and then move on to NC State and play there. I guess you can say I'm anxious... just ready to play."

Thomas is already thinking of taking his game to NC State, and he is excited about what he can add to the Wolfpack.

"I felt myself being able to fit in well with what they are trying to build," he said. "It is something that's going to take some time to build, but I wanted to be a part of that.

"I'm going to add some rebounding and maybe some scoring. I'll add some athleticism too. I can't wait to get there."

Thomas and Day open the season November 17th against Caldwell Academy.


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