Trip Equals Commitment

He wanted to wait until he had seen the campus to make sure, but there was never much doubt in this Ohio rising senior's mind about where he was going to play his college basketball.

"I pretty much knew I was going to commit here," said Cam Thoroughman after making West Virginia his college of choice. "My mother wanted me to see the place before I committed, and we have done that, so now I am officially coming to West Virginia."

Like many players being recruited by WVU, Thoroughman was, well, thoroughly impressed by the Mountaineers' play last spring.

"Last year during basketball season, WVU started watching me, and they stayed in touch with me all year. Once they started recruiting me, I watched them a lot, and I began understanding how well I would fit in there."

A glimpse at Thoroughman's play reveals a 6-7 shooter who can play both inside and outside, which he as done at Clay High Scool in Portsmouth, Ohio. The small Division IV school has afforded Thoroughman the chance to play a number of different positions, which is yet another attribute that will make him an excellent addition to the WVU roster. He has played every position except the five for Clay, and also has experience in the 1-3-1 defense, which is a favorite of head coach John Beilein.

During his visit to WVU, Thoroughman and his parents got the expected tour of facilities and the campus, but the down-to-earth nature of the coaching staff impressed them greatly.

"This was my first visit to West Virginia, and I liked how everything was so close together," Thoroughman said as he recapped his visit. "The coaches were very easy to talk with. A lot of place you go, they get caught up in showing you everything, but here they were normal. They just talked with us, and were friendly. I liked that."

"We feel like it is a place where his education will be put first," Thoroughman's mother, Marla, added. "It's a down-home atmosphere, but we know that Cam will get his degree from here. The coaches all emphasize that."

Both of Thorughman's parents are educators, which explains their emphasis on learning. Mike is a retired high school principal, while Marla is a professor in the Department of Health Sciences at Shawnee State University, so both were obviously pleased with the academic picture at WVU.

Thoroughman still has his senior season to go at Clay High School, where he began playing as a sophomore. Prior to that, he was at Greenup County High in Kentucky, which is just across the border from Portsmouth. Thoroughman played for his current coach, Randy Ward, at Greenup before Ward took a couple of years away from coaching. Ward then moved on to Clay in Portsmouth, where the Thoroughman family wound up after losing their house in a fire following Cam's freshman year.

NOTES

  • Thoroughman is also an excellent golfer who helped lead Clay into the playoffs last year.

  • As a junior, Thoroughman averaged 22.3 points per game as was named to the 2005 AP Division IV All-Southeast Region first team. He was also an all-district first team selection as a sophomore.

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