Thomas Comfortably At Home

Jersey forward Lance Thomas is a player who has been mentioned as a possibility to round out Ohio State's basketball recruiting class, but the Buckeyes seem to face an uphill battle. Kyle Lamb checks in with the latest on Thomas as well as what kind of chance the Buckeyes may have at securing his signature.

For New Jersey's Lance Thomas, it was a little hometown cooking. The 6-8, 200-pound forward from Scotch Plains got his chance to showcase some skill at the ABCD Camp on Wednesday in Teaneck, NJ.

Now, there's a little more home cooking on his mind.

After scoring 12 points in front of a packed gymnasium that included the likes of Ohio State's Thad Matta, Thomas was talking about home. Both playing there this week and possibly in the future.

"It would be nice to stay home and play," Thomas said on Wednesday. "There's no doubt it's good to be able to play where you grew up."

The 12 points Thomas scored in their first game of the day came against there commitments (Daequan Cook, Mike Conley, and Greg Oden) of another team he's considering -- Ohio State. However, it was in a losing cause as his Mavericks team lost 67-55 to the Sonics in ABCD pool play.

Currently, Thomas is listing a host of other schools that include Rutgers, Arizona, Duke, Connecticut, Florida, and Villanova.

But staying close to home would only be an option if he gets some help, according to Thomas.

"That would be pretty tough to do," Thomas said of going to Rutgers without Derrick Caracter and Earl Clark. "They (Rutgers) have good players but it would be ideal for all of us to go."

Thomas remains a possibility to round out Ohio State's recruiting class as a power forward, although the odds are stacked against it.

On Wednesday afternoon, Conley was asked about other players in the camp that Ohio State is interested in, and named only one person that he and his friends have spoken to.

"Lance Thomas is the only guy right now that we have talked to that I know likes Ohio State over here," Conley said. "We are taking it slow and just waiting to see how things go."

As of now, Thomas is playing it by ear and thinking about that home cooking.

"I just want to see where everyone is at in Jersey," he added. "I want to be a leader in Jersey, but I want to see what others do at the same time."

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