Heels Check In On Thomas

Two weekends ago at the Real Deal on the Hill on Fayeteville, Ark., 6-7 combo forward Maurice Thomas from Philadelphia (Pa.) Lutheran had himself a big weekend. As a result the one time UTEP commit saw his recruitment take a bump and after thinking he was going to do a prep year, Thomas may be reconsidering.

"After that the new schools I heard from were Tennessee, Wake Forest and North Carolina," Thomas said. "They are looking at me for the class of 2005, I was thinking about reclassifying -- but I don't know yet."

This past weekend in Houston at the Kingwood Classic, Thomas picked up where he had left off the weekend before. Playing for Indiana-based Blessed IJN team, Thomas played on the wing and in the interior and did a nice job. He's got a long frame, good athleticism and runs the court very well. His ball handling needs work but he is a consistent shooter from mid-range and rebounds very well for his size because of his activity and athleticism around the hoop.

"Energy, rebounding and scoring is my game," said Thomas. "I'll do whatever it takes. I just need to be more consistent from the outside."

Along with the new schools that have gotten involved UTEP, UNLV, South Florida, Marquette and others have been courting Thomas for some time. However, Thomas admits that he has to take notice of North Carolina's interest and that he is very interested to see where things go with the Tar Heels.

"They called and they had a guy (assistant coach Joe Holladay) come out and watch me -- he was here at each of the last two games," said Thomas. "I won't know if they liked what I can do until I get back home, but hopefully they will give me a call."

While it remains to be seen whether or not the Tar Heels' interest will carry past the weekend (and according to sources close to the situation he has to do some work to attract an offer), Thomas is hoping it does and says he'll commit if offered.

"If they do call back and want me, I'll go there," said Thomas. "It'd be hard not to."

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