Thomas talks recruiting

The state of Washington just keeps producing Division one basketball players and this season they have one of the most sought-after point guards in the country in Curtis (Tacoma) PG Isaiah Thomas. He just wrapped up his regular season this past Friday and was able to catch up Thomas and he talked about recruiting, Nate Robinson and a team he's looking forward to playing in the state playoffs.

"It's going real good right now," Thomas said regarding his team's near-perfect season. "We're 19-1 and just had our last regular season game last Friday and won that (72-53 over Emerald Ridge). I'm averaging like 33 points per game and my team is a real good team and we're just focused on winning a state championship.

"Last year I was more of a scorer, but this year I'm getting my teammates the ball more and getting my assists up, locking down ball-handlers on defense and playing full court defense. I've matured more as a player and as a teammate. I'm small so that can be an advantage or a disadvantage. So I just have to work harder than the guy I'm guarding because I'm a lot smaller in some cases."

At 5-9, 160 pounds, Thomas isn't your prototypical basketball player, but that doesn't matter, because he has swagger or what his AAU coach Jim Marsh likes to call "Swaggle".

"It comes from inside my heart," the soft-spoken playmaker said. "If you have heart anything is possible. I'm never going to back down from anybody so I just keep on going at it. If they keep on blocking me I'll keep on going at it and try something different.

"I guess until they see me play, I just have to show a lot of people that I can play at the level I want to play at and any level is possible because height doesn't mean anything to me."

One player who many compare Thomas to is another player that is "vertically challenged" – former Husky and current New York Knick Nate Robinson.

"I've played against him a couple times," Thomas said. "He's a terrific player. I just love the passion he brings to the game where he works 110% every play. He doesn't take a play off and if he isn't scoring he's doing other things.

"We are both competitive and we bring heart and we just play as hard as we can. He gives me a little bit and I give him a little bit."

On the recruiting front, Thomas has narrowed his list to six schools, but two have taken the lead in garnering his services.

"U-Dub and Indiana are recruiting me the hardest," Thomas said. "They are my top two. The other four (UCLA, Florida, Kentucky and Georgetown ) equal out.

"I am going to make a decision by April 14th right now, but that may change."

Huskies head coach Lorenzo Romar and Thomas have a very close relationship and if he was hard pressed to make a decision today he had no qualms about saying where he would most-likely be headed.

"It would probably be U-Dub," Thomas said matter-of-factly. "It really doesn't matter if I go away though. Going away and distance is not really a thing to me. I'd like to stay close to home because U-Dub is the hometown team and they're coming up in the rankings, but it really doesn't matter. I'm going to come down to a school that I like because of their academics and the chance to get playing time or maybe even start so it's just stuff like that.

"Every time I go (to visit Washington), I just want to take U-Dub, but I know I have to check another campus out there before I do it. The experience up there and environment up there is just lovely. I love it. Coach (Cameron) Dollar and coach Romar are like real good friends. They're like close to me and I just love the way that they coach and the style of play the U-Dub runs."

Thomas said he plans to unofficially visit Indiana and Florida over the next few weeks and will also try to take in visits UCLA and Kentucky if he has the time. He's been at five or six Washington games and plans on taking in more as the Huskies' Pac 10 season winds down.

As for his own team, Thomas didn't hesitate to name the school he has circled on his calendar in the state playoffs.

"Franklin," Thomas said of the Venoy Overton-led Quakers. "We play them if they make it as far as we do."

Next up for Thomas' Vikings team is Kentwood (18-2) and senior guard Toussaint Tyler.

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