5-Star Center Has 'Very High' Interest In SMU

Prime Prep big man Elijah Thomas talks about SMU and more inside!

SMU is targeting arguably the top center in the nation in the Class of 2014. But if things don't work out with Myles Turner, well, there is always next year's class, which features five-star Prime Prep big man Elijah Thomas.

Ranked as the No. 5 center in 2015, Thomas has a slew of offers from college basketball powerhouses. But staying close to home and playing for a legendary coach is also an option.

"My interest level in SMU is high. It's very high," Thomas said. "Larry Brown is a really good coach. He gets his players to play. I love his system because he utilizes guys with a lot of skills, and I like that a lot. I really like the whole staff. They are all really good people."

Under Brown's guidance, Thomas knows he could develop into an absolute monster at the next level and achieve his goal of being selected in the NBA Draft.

"My goal is to play professionally one day, and Coach Brown has a lot of connections to the NBA. It would be great to play for him because I could learn a lot," Thomas said. "One of my good friends is Keith Frazier, and he also wants to play in the NBA. He knows that's what he wants to do, and that's why he decided to play for Coach Brown, so that's big."

Last season, Thomas made in to the Hilltop for a couple of unofficial visits along with high school teammates Terrance Ferguson and Emmanuel Mudiay, who is ranked as one of the top players in 2014.

While Thomas hasn't really talked to Mudiay about continuing their careers together, he feels SMU would be great fit for both of them.

"SMU is on Emmanuel's list so if he were to go there, and I were to go there, it would be pretty cool," he said. "We would do something special. I don't think we would lose a game. We don't really like to talk about recruiting, but it would be cool."

Thomas says he plans to catch a few more games at SMU this season. But as far as the summer, he has no visits scheduled.

With a decision not expected to come until his senior year, the 6-foot-9, 240-pounder is focused in his AAU season.

"My AAU season has been going really well. We've gotten a lot better than we were last year," he said. "We work hard in practice. Everyone is connected, and we want to win. It's a big deal for us."

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