Thomas continues to add offers

Five-star center Eljah Thomas has been one of the most productive class of 2015 recruits all season long.

In the class of 2015 not too many are better on the low block than Dallas (Tex.) Grace Prep center Elijah Thomas. Earlier this year Thomas had a big time performance at the DFW Thanksgiving Hoopfest, and he recently repeated that strong showing at the Cancer Research Classic.

The move from Rockwall (Tex.) High School to Prime Prep came just after the start of the season, and Thomas is happy he made the decision.

"It's been great," said Thomas of his transfer. "I love my team and it is a big family where everybody works hard. The coaches push us. We do stuff that others teams don't do, and we love each other and that is what matters."

Though not the most athletically gifted player in the class, Thomas is one of the most productive, and that is the case because of his drive to be great.

"I want to be better than everybody," said Thomas. "I want to be better than people in the higher classes, better than people in the NBA, I just want to be better. Every day, every night, every morning I work hard and I run just to be the best player I can."

Schools such as Texas, Arizona, Missouri, Illinois, North Carolina State, Alabama, Baylor, Duke, Texas A&M, Georgetown, and UCLA have been involved with Thomas for a while.

In fact after seeing him over Thanksgiving the Wolfpack and Head Coach Mark Gottfried offered Thomas a scholarship.

"It was big time," said Thomas of the offer. "That is a good program, it is a real god program. It was a great feeling. I was surprised they offered because it was the first time they saw me play. I guess I fit their program well, and they are top 25 in the country."

One school with a connection to Thomas is Illinois. The Illini have been down to see him a few times, and are working hard in the recruitment.

"I am hearing a lot from Illinois," Thomas explained. "My uncle is best friends with (assistant coach) Jamall Walker, so he came down to watch me play and they liked me a lot down at Peach Jam."

While that is a long list of schools, there are some new colleges beginning to enter the picture as well.

"Recently we played in Florida and I got interest from Ohio State, Indiana, Florida, Kansas, and some other new schools," Thomas noted.

The Buckeyes are looking to solidify their frontcourt over the next two classes, and Thomas could emerge as one of their top targets in 2015.

"I watch Ohio State a lot," said Thomas. "My cousin, Jordan Mickey, I thought he was headed there for a little while so I was watching them a lot. I wanted to see how they play, and Ohio State they don't recruit many people so it is an honor to hear from them."

Thomas was also happy to hear from the Gators who have a tradition of putting guys into the NBA.

"Billy Donovan is a heck of a coach and he gets a lot of players to the NBA," said Thomas. "It seems like his guys really like playing for him so it is great to hear from them as well."

For now Thomas says he doesn't even really have a list and is focused on getting better on the floor. His recruitment remains open, and for the No. 15 player in the 2015 class it seems like his school list will get longer before it gets shorter.

Buckeye Sports Top Stories