UNC Staff Eying Thomas

CLEVELAND --- Roy Williams and an assistant traveled to the King City Classic in Ohio to see both their committed prospects and a few key prospective recruits. Among the guys they watched was rising junior Adonis Thomas.

The Tar Heels who figure to be a significant player in Thomas' recruitment, and were able to evaluate him during four game sessions at Cleveland State on Wednesday and Thursday.

And Thomas certainly didn't disappoint. The 6-foot-5, 204-pound chiseled wing (who sports a 7-0 wingspan) has an all around game, as he's a capable jump shooter, defends very well and is great around the rim because of his strength and athleticism.

"I think I've gotten a lot better," said Thomas, who has moved up to No. 15 in the newly updated Scout.com 2011 rankings. "I've been working on my game all summer. I've been trying to get stronger and I've been working on developing my skills more."

Thus far, Thomas, a standout at Memphis (Tenn.) Melrose, has scholarship offers from Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Memphis and Missouri. But the list of interested schools doesn't stop there.

Among the other schools involved are North Carolina, Oklahoma, Florida, Florida State, Miami and Kentucky.

"I've been talking to a lot of coaches throughout the week," Thomas said. "My mom and my dad got a chance to speak with them too. It's getting real heavy. It's been real fun getting to know a lot of these coaches and talking to them."

North Carolina has been one of the schools calling recently, but they've actually been involved for quite some time now, as UNC assistant Steve Robinson was able to see him during the high school season.

"I've gotten calls from coach [Steve] Robinson," Thomas said. "He came out last year and saw one of my games. It's been good getting to know him."

According to Thomas, his father is handling majority of his recruitment, including North Carolina's inquiries.

"[Their coaches have] been talking a lot to my dad, so I don't know much about how they are recruiting me," he said. "But they told my dad that he wanted to get me on the phone with Coach Williams some time soon.

Thomas, who plans to run with the Memphis Magic this summer, said he doesn't plan to make a college decision until his senior year.

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