The 6-9, 250-pound Thomas is ranked the 29th overall best high school prospect in the nation, and the eighth-best center prospect in scouthoops.com’s national rankings. A standout 6-2, 185-pound sharpshooter, Gilder is the 30th-best shooting guard in the nation.
Thomas and Gilder are best friends and often speak about playing together in college.
“We have a great chemistry. We've known each other for a long time,” Gilder told Billy Embody of PonyStampede.com (SMU). “He's one of the best big men in the country and I'm one of the best shooters in the country."If it happens, it happens, but most definitely right now we are trying to play together and go to the same school.”
Both Thomas and Gilder recently trimmed their list of schools they are still considering, and Oklahoma State is a finalist for both players.
Thomas cut his list on Aug. 5 to OSU, Illinois, LSU, SMU, Texas A&M and UNLV. Gilder trimmed his list of schools on Aug. 21 to OSU, Baylor, Kansas State, SMU, Texas and Texas A&M.
“Oklahoma State is one of my final schools because they built an awesome relationship with me and they offered me early and showed I was the guy they needed the most in my class,” Thomas said.
Thomas says he is looking forward to learning more about the Cowboys program this weekend.
“I’m just going to find out how I will fit in with the roster and be shown the X’s and O’s and learn petty much anything I don’t know,” said Thomas, who will be accompanied to Stillwater by his mother.