UNC co-leader for Thomas

Roy Williams and his staff may have backed off in their pursuit of A.J. Price, but it appears as though they have a plan in case they don't land Shaun Livingston.

Quentin Thomas is smooth, 175-pound pure point guard from Oakland, Calif., who Williams and his staff have been following closely from their days in Lawrence, Kan.

Thomas doesn't need to score to be effective. He is a pass-first, heady floor leader who is more interested in keeping his teammates happy than filling up his own points column in the box score.

Thomas has three leaders at this point – UNC, Kansas and Arizona State. He said he's not sure if the Tar Heels have actually offered at this point, but sources close to the situation have said Thomas is a backup in case Livingston opts to go to Duke, Arizona or Illinois and has not fielded an official offer from UNC yet.

"I haven't set up any visits yet," Thomas said. "But my first three will definitely be, in no order, Arizona State, North Carolina and Kansas."

Thomas averaged 15 points, 10 assists and 7 rebounds per game last season on an Oakland Tech team with Cal freshman Leon Powe.

He said that he always received letters from the UNC staff back in the Matt Doherty regime, but the level of interest jumped considerably once Williams took over.

"They have started recruiting me a lot harder since Coach Williams came on," Thomas said. "They have been calling me over the last couple weeks."

Thomas said that he definitely plans to visit all three of those schools and if he isn't certain after the trips, he will take two more visits – probably to Utah and Oregon.

"I don't feel any pressure to have to commit right away," Thomas said.

Thomas is a bright, articulate kid who has already qualified academically. He said that he will place on emphasis on his relationship with the players and coaches rather than on playing time.


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