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BRONX, N.Y. -- Explosive 6-5 athlete Rob Thomas of Brooklyn, N.Y., scored 23 points to spark the New York Panthers to an easy 61-29 victory over the New Jersey Roadrunners at the Rumble in the Bronx.

Thomas, who will be a junior in the fall at the St. Thomas More School in Oakdale, Conn., scored in a variety of ways for the Panthers. He hit the offensive glass, he drove the baseline, and yes, he even hit some three-pointers.

That's a positive sign for Thomas, who has been living much of his high school career as a 6-5 four man. He'll need to slide over to the three or two slot in college, so improving his outside shot is a must.

"Coach [Jere] Quinn has been pushing me," Thomas said. "I get up every morning and shoot 1,000 jumpers a day. I'm a gym rat."

While it's still early in his recruiting process, Thomas said he's seen interest from programs such as St. John's, Connecticut, North Carolina State, Iowa, Hofstra, Iona and Middle Tennessee State. Right now, he seems more worried about the immediate future at St. Thomas More.

"Coach Quinn wants me to play on the wing next year," Thomas said. "I need to get my handle ready to play on the wing and get my left hand going."


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