Thomas Working Hard For First Offer

As one of the top players in the St. Louis metro area last season, Clayton High School standout Christian Thomas garnered significant attention from colleges attempting to win his services.

This summer, the versatile 6-foot-5 shooting guard-small forward is hitting the courts with his St. Louis-based Gateway Basketball Club team and traveling the summer circuit all around the United States looking to improve on his skills and gain exposure.

"He's received interest from a lot of different schools," Clayton coach Ryan Luhning said. "SLU, Missouri State, Eastern Kentucky and some Ivy League schools have been in contact with him."

Thomas was one of the most improved players in Missouri this past season. He averaged 13.6 points per game as a sophomore, which ranked third among the Greyhounds, and 6.9 rebounds per contest.

During his breakout junior campaign, Thomas averaged a team-leading 20.8 points per game and 9.6 rebounds per game to earn Suburban East Conference first-team all-conference and St. Louis Post-Dispatch All-Metro third-team honors. He also knocked down 43.1 percent of his 3-point attempts (28 of 65) after not making any 3-pointers as a sophomore.

Still, however, no college has offered him an athletic scholarship.

"I've had some interest from a number of schools, but haven't gotten any offers yet," Thomas said. "I played well at SLU's Elite Camp and at other tournaments this summer."

Two options that will be hard for Thomas to overlook are considerable attention he has received from two Ivy League schools Yale and Penn.

When asked about his chances of playing Division I basketball while simultaneously getting a world-class education, Thomas said it may indeed be hard to pass up.

"Without any offers, I'm open to anything," Thomas said. "But I obviously know that would be a hell of an opportunity."

Luhning echoed Thomas' sentiment.

"He will find a place that is a fit for him academically as well as athletically," the coach said.

With upcoming tournaments in Las Vegas and Kansas City, Thomas hopes his game will speak for itself and coaches will come calling.

"I'm just trying to get better every day and I hope that our team has a lot of success in my senior year," Thomas said.

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