Elijah Thomas has always been interested in SMU.
Although he didn't come out and say SMU was his favorite, he made it pretty clear the local program is high on his list. Thomas has been to three SMU games at Moody this season, but the win over No. 7 Cincinnati on Saturday was his favorite experience on the Hilltop so far.
"I thought it was cool. It was a great game and a great atmosphere, and that's what us recruits love to see," Thomas said. "It was a great experience for us. The team played really hard, and I think Larry Brown is doing a tremendous job there. That win was great for the program, and I would have to say that game was the best I've been to."
Midway through the second half, SMU students even started an ‘Elijah!' Elijah!' ‘Elijah!' chant. But Thomas admits he didn't even notice it because of all the excitement going on.
"Man, I was so mad. I've always wanted to hear my name chanted. I'm not sure how I missed it," Thomas said. "I saw it on Twitter that they chanted my name, and that's crazy. I hope they do it again at the next game so I can hear it."
Yes, that means Thomas will also be in attendance for SMU's matchup against Houston next week.
One of the most highly touted big men in the Class of 2015, Thomas could very well be the next five-star prospect from the Dallas-area to sign with SMU. And if he is, he might even convince a few of his buddies to follow him.
"Austin (Grandstaff) is like my brother. We haven't talked about recruiting, but I support him with whatever decision he ends up making," Thomas said. "He didn't make it to the game, but I went with Matt (McQuaid) and Admon (Gilder), and we were all really excited about it. It's an NBA-type program, and it's close to home."
Thomas currently has a top 24 and won't be cutting down his list again until AAU season begins. For now, he plans on making more unofficial visits to SMU and leading Lancaster to a deep run in the state playoffs.
The 6-foot-9, 250-pound center is averaging 16.6 points, 11.1 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game this season.
"We just have one more game to go before playoffs," Thomas said. "I'm very confident in the team and what we can do. I can't say I'm satisfied, but I'm blessed. I just want to keep working hard to be the best player I can be."
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