“I’m ready to take all five of my official visits and figure out where I’m going by the end of November,” Thomas said.
The 6-foot-9, 250 pound center is one of the best big men in the country and currently ranked No. 13 overall in his class.
“I have two visits planned right now,” Thomas said. “I’m going to Oklahoma State on the 13th of September and Illinois on the 19th of September. I’m planning my other three visits now.”
Larry Brown and SMU have made Thomas their number one priority for next year’s class and have been recruiting him since his sophomore year of high school.
“It’s close to home and coach Larry Brown is a Hall of Fame coach,” Thomas said. “Therefore, he knows how to put players of my caliber in a position to achieve all our goals and dreams. That is something to look forward to.”
Thomas says he has stayed in constant contact with the SMU coaching staff especially Brown and assistant coach Ulric Maligi. With the Hilltop just 20 minutes from his house, Thomas has had SMU near the top of his list throughout the entire process.
“My biggest factor in deciding where I will go is to find whoever gives me the best opportunity to achieve my goals and win,” Thomas said. “It’s that simple.”
With the loss of Emmanuel Mudiay, many experts feared SMU would lose some of their momentum with Thomas and other local in-state kids. However, the big man says the Mustangs are still high on his list.
“Emmanuel was a pro regardless of where he went. It doesn’t really matter what he decided,” Thomas said. “It doesn’t change my mind on SMU. It’s the school that he went to for high school. It wasn’t the intuition itself, so that’s not really their fault.”
Thomas plays for Lancaster High School and is a member of Team Texas in AAU. He’s a terrific low post scorer, who over powers defenders for points and rebounds in the paint.
“I’m just working on my overall leadership,” Thomas said. “Everything else will take care of itself. Mainly, I want to win the state championship my last year of high school.”
Thomas didn’t have an exact date for when he will have a decision, but made it clear the Mustangs will get a strong look.
“It means a lot that they have recruited me so hard,” Thomas said. “Coach Brown is a Hall of Fame coach. He doesn’t recruit just anybody so it shows all my hard work is paying off.”
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