Lance Thomas, Douby and Recruiting

Earlier this week (Wednesday) marked the start of the spring signing period, but don't expect coveted recruit Lance Thomas to make a decision anytime soon. The past week has been hectic for Thomas who played at the Roundball Classic in Chicago. Lance started for the West team along with four other Ohio State Buckeye commits, including stud Greg Oden, and had a solid game netting 13 points in 25 minutes.

There have been various sources saying that Lance may being considering Florida as well as Rutgers and Duke. Down in Durham, there is a strong chance that Blue Devil power forward Josh McRoberts may enter the draft, potentially opening up a starting spot for Thomas. Either way, Lance will likely wait as long as he can to make a decision and factor in Quincy Douby's draft situation and Eugene Harvey's college choice. Harvey was also at the Roundball Classic and is planning a visit to Cincinnati.

Alot of attention has been given to Quincy Douby's decision to declare himself eligible for the NBA draft recently as well. High school mentor Jack Ringel, who has been Douby's unofficial spokesperson, says the move is soley to help Douby get a better reading on where he would be drafted if he were to forgo his senior season. Right now, scouts have been all over the place in evaluating Douby. In today's updated Mock Draft, they predict that Douby will go in the 1st round. If Douby is not projected to be a 1st round pick before the June 28 draft, he will likely withdraw his name (by June 18):

"Quincy knows there are no guarantees and it's very early in the whole draft process," Ringel said. "If it indicates that he's a first-round pick, he's going to remain in the draft."

"The NBA almost forces you to put your name in. But [Douby]'s going to be very careful and do everything by the book," Ringel said. "If he's not a first-round pick, then it's not worth it to go now. He'll get a diploma and that's worth something, too." -Bergen Record

Right now, Douby is still attending class and plans to work out for a few teams and get an invitation to the NBA draft camp this offseason.

Fred Hill has yet to announce his coaching staff yet, but Seton Hall's hiring of Bobby Gonzalez has sparked some discussion about the potential recruiting battle between the two schools. Dick Vitale mentioned in a column that Hill and Gonzalez are great for the Big East and hoops in the metropolitan area:

Big East fans, get ready. The toughest league in America just added two great coaches, guys who will work so hard to recruit the best talent available. The names are Gonzalez and Hill and the New York-New Jersey area just got a major boost with their additions.

The Star-Ledger reported today that several Jersey players who committed to NC State are "living in limbo" because of the coaching change there (Herb Sendek is headed to Arizona St). Talented players such as Dan Werner of CBA and Dennis Horner of Seton Hall Prep may have their recruitment re-opened if their requests for a release from their LOIs are granted. The Big East Basketball Report mentions that:

I am sure [Werner and Horner] would really like to settle on their future. I am sure new coaches at Seton Hall and Rutgers would love to talk with some of the NYC/NJ players that Herb Sendek and staff attracted to Raleigh.

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