Orange Likely To Pursue Thomas This Summer

Many around the Northeast have known about Lance Thomas, a versatile 6-7, 185-pound Class of 2006 forward from Scotch Plains-Fanwood (NJ) High School for a while. But now that he has shined at several national tournaments, his list now includes many of the top names across the country.<br><br>

Lance has played so far with his New Heights Warriors AAU squad and many are now recognizing him as one of the best players in the 2006 class. A long litany of schools has already started to inquire about the sophomore. Colleges up and down the East Coast such as Duke, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Syracuse, Rutgers, and St. Joseph's have shown great interest.

The Orange are likely to pursue him seriously as Thomas' recruiting heats up this summer. But, remember, Thomas is a couple of seasons away and the Orange are scouting out wing and forwards for the 2005 class.

With Thomas' recent success, schools like Cincinnati, Kansas, and Arizona have expressed serious interst. While the barrage of mail impresses him, it's still very early in the process for Thomas, who hasn't given much thought to what his favorite schools are, much less planned any unofficial visits. But Thomas does have a sense of what he'll be looking for as time goes by. "I like a team that runs a good fast break -- I like to get up and down the court," said Thomas. "But I want a basketball program that's like a family. I would also like a college that has a good art program."

A lanky athlete who does many things well on the floor, Thomas actually spent a lot of time underneath the rim to compensate for some missing Warriors teammates at this past weekend's Tournament of Champions. But while he still lit up the stat sheet at the TOC, Thomas actually prefers playing outside the paint, and is hoping to fine tune his perimeter game and ability to use his left hand this summer on the circuit.

On his high school team, Thomas might play a little bit of second fiddle to a teammate, a young post phenom named Derrick Caracter. But Thomas harbors no jealousy, enjoys sharing the court with the big man, and views it as something he can take to his advantage. "It's going to be an advantage playing with a great player like him," said Thomas. "It only helps me get better. We've been playing together since the fourth grade."

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