Washington's top junior close to decision

As head coach Lorenzo Romar finishes up his '06 class, the recruiting focus now shifts to 2007. And when all is said and done, Curtis' Isaiah Thomas just might be the best player the state of Washington has to offer. With the high school basketball season over, the 5'8" guard talked about his upcoming summer and the season that lay ahead.

For the past month, Thomas has been working hard to prepare himself for the challenges that will lie ahead of him in the near future. "(I've been) working on my game," Thomas told Dawgman.com. "Working out at the gym every day and (also) with my AAU team."

Practicing twice a week with his AAU team in the Seattle area, Thomas says he has gotten used to the commute and that's good news if he decides to be a Husky. Thomas enjoys playing AAU, mainly because he says, "Everybody is just as good as you, or even better, so the competition is amazing." But with that being said, the one guy he was most excited to see was Marsh, his AAU coach. "He gets into you, but he also let's you do what you want," explained Thomas. "He lets you be free on the court, but calms you down when you need it. He's a good coach."

As the outlook shifts to next year, the big question on everyone's mind is where Thomas will play his college ball. He is yet to schedule any official visits, but says that he has trimmed down his final list. "I cut my options down to four," said Thomas. With UW, UCLA, Kentucky, and Georgetown making the cut, it's clear that Thomas is keeping his options open. In fact, Thomas has already been preparing for his visits. "I'm going on my unofficial to UCLA next month," he added.

It was not long ago that Thomas had said that he was close to making the decision to sign with Washington, but for now he has put that decision on hold. "I'm going to wait until I take at least one visit," said Thomas. "But I know I'll decide before schools out (this year)."

And with a decision coming sometime soon, it's no wonder that Romar is staying in contact. "I talked to him this week," said Thomas. "(He was) just letting me know that they want me really bad."

A good sign for the Huskies is that he is very close to making a decision. With so much work ahead of him, Thomas really just wants to finish the recruiting process and move forward. "I just want to get it over with," explained Isaiah. "It (recruiting process) has (been) cool. I like it, but I don't," he added. Realistically, Thomas said he believes that his mind will be made up, 'before school is out'.

That's good news for Washington, as they could have their first '07 commitment as early as May. This would be a big get for the Huskies, because at 32.7 points per game this year, there's no question that Isaiah Thomas can fill it up.

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