Thomas makes it official

At one time Isaiah Thomas wanted to make his college decision on Friday, April 14th, but then backed away from that date as more opportunities from colleges started to come. Well, as it turned out he didn't wait all that much longer at all, as Thomas verbally committed to play basketball for Washington over schools like Indiana, Georgetown, Florida, Kentucky and UCLA.

"It came to me yesterday (Monday)," Thomas told "I've just been thinking a lot, thinking about what would be best for me. I think Washington. The program, the school, everything about it...the coaches...that would be the greatest thing I could do for the next four or five years after my senior year.

"I got down to it, and thought about where I want to be. Washington is a great place and it's better because it's close to home and my family can always watch me now. It's somewhere I want to be...the environment, everything about it. I just love it. U-Dub was the best place where I could showcase my skills and get them to a level they haven't been to yet."

While his family is happy he's staying close to home, the tug to hang local was definitely coming from his father. "My mom isn't really into it, but she is," Thomas said. She didn't care where I went, she just congratulated me. My Dad wanted me to go to U-Dub, he wanted to watch me all the time."

And the reaction of the Washington coaches? "They just said, 'Thank you'. They appreciate me," Thomas said. "He (Romar) said he knew it the whole time."

Thomas also mentioned the relationships he's developed with Romar and UW assistant Cameron Dollar as pivotal factors in the equation to be a Husky. "Him (Dollar) and Romar, they've been where I want to be," Thomas said. "They've been guards in college and Romar's been to the NBA a little bit. They are just great guys to be around and to have relationships with. That's what set them apart from other colleges, the relationships I have with Romar and Dollar. I love them, I really do. They are really special to me. Their relationship is tremendous."

By staying around the Puget Sound, Thomas will also be reuniting with some of his AAU teammates from Seattle Friends of Hoop, namely Jon Brockman and Spencer Hawes. "Spencer, I loved playing with him last summer and I'm going to love playing with him when I get there," Thomas said.

Thomas also had kind words for his AAU coach, Jim Marsh. "He had a lot of input (in the decision)," Thomas said. "He was the first one to get me to where I was seen by colleges. He helped a lot. He's a great guy."

The 5-foot-8 guard finished his junior season for Curtis averaging 32.8 points per game, with a low of 21 against Graham-Kapowsin. He scored over 40 points four times and 50 points twice, the last time in a four-point loss to eventual 4A State Champions Franklin.

So now with a huge decision out of the way, what's next for Isaiah Thomas? "I just need to get better and work hard in the classroom," he said, adding that he plans on working hard on getting stronger and on his defensive game.

Thomas had this final thought for Washington hoop fans: "They better be ready for a show." Top Stories