Thomas Impresses At TOC

Greensboro's Johnny Thomas had made incredible strides in his game over the past year. A guard/small forward prospect, Thomas wasn't even a blip on the radar a year ago. After an impressive showing this past weekend, expect his stock to rise tremendously.

Over the past year, 6'5, 210-pound Johnny Thomas has been aggressively working on his perimeter game, attempting to remold his game into one allowing him to float on the perimeter. After playing in the post his entire career until recently, this was a big change for Thomas, though he notes that the transition is going well.

"Actually it's going pretty good," he noted. "Over the past year, I've been training at Greensboro Day School. I've been working on my ball handling, my shooting, and getting a quick first step. I've done better so far with my shot and have come a long way and am more comfortable on the perimeter."

Thomas is being recruited at the next level to play the shooting guard and small forward positions. "I love to play guard," he said. "I love sitting out and shooting the three-ball. But I like banging on the inside too."

This transition into the guard position has turned him into one of the top two prospects in the state of North Carolina in 2007 along with Charlotte's Dorenzo Hudson. Though Thomas still has areas of his game to improve on, he proved this weekend that he can play with the big boys and he has the physical and athletic tools to be a high-major player.

Those high-majors have already begun to recruit Thomas. Currently, Thomas is hearing from Miami, Wake Forest, N.C. State, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Florida State, Xavier, George Washington, Old Dominion and others. "George Washington offered me and Miami offered me," Thomas noted.

"I've got a visit soon as I'm heading to Virginia Tech for a camp evaluation there. Hopefully that'll go over well. Then I'm going to State and doing the same there. Then I'll fly up to Miami and go ahead and visit up there. Then I was supposed to go to George Washington and visit there."

While Wake has yet to offer, the Deacs are one school Thomas is definitely interested in as he is comfortable with some players there already. "Wake, they've got a good class with Ishmael [Smith] coming in at point. Then they've got David Weaver who is probably going to be starting at forward. I played with both of those guys so I like that."

Thomas noted that he hopes to pick up a Wake offer after the camp is done but will continue to improve his game, regardless. "My plans right now are to keep working in the gym, keep working on my ball handling and shooting and hopefully have an impact at the ACC level," Thomas noted. "Most of the schools that haven't [offered me a scholarship] are evaluating and watching me to see if I'm comfortable on the wing."


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