Timetable Set

New Jersey's Quintrell Thomas has a deadline for a decision, but still has some ground to cover before he makes his collegiate choice.

Thomas, one of the most highly regarded prospects in the state, has been making the AAU rounds this summer, and is still gathering information about a number of schools. That process will likely shift into high gear soon, as the six-foot, eight-inch forward has a timetable for making his choice.

"The day before high school starts is when I will commit," Thomas revealed. "I am trying to set up a couple of unofficial visits now, but some of that depends on my coach's schedule."

One of the later entrants for Thomas' services is West Virginia, which entered the fray when the coaching staff turned over under new head coach Bob Huggins.

"[Assistant coach] Billy Hahn has liked me since I was a freshman, so as soon as he came over to the [West Virginia] program, WVU has been showing a lot interest in me," Thomas said. "I have a great relationship with Coach Hahn. He has been around every game when I go out to play. He's easy to talk to, and he's a funny guy. It's easy to relate to him."

Thomas has been to West Virginia twice for AAU tournaments, and had some thoughts on the WVU campus.

"The facilities here are good, he said. "They are just as nice as any of the other places I have seen. I just went over to the Coliseum and I liked that a lot."

West Virginia, of course, would love to have Thomas in gold and blue, but will have to overcome stiff challenges from a number of schools, with Maryland one of the toughest competitors. From the Big East, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Marquette and Pittsburgh are also making overtures to Thomas, whose AAU play has brought a great deal of additional interest over the past few months. Those performances have elevated him into the Scout.com Top 100 and a spot as the number 22 power forward in the country, and showcased his improvement on the court. His strength, always one of the top attributes of his game, are being complemented by a great attitude on the court, which makes him one of the better finishers around. And with the new emphasis on strength and toughness in the West Virginia program, there seems to be little doubt that he would be a good fit in Huggins' program.

While the Terrapins have been at or near the top of Thomas' list for some time, West Virginia has a few cards still to play. In addition to the Hahn connection, sophomore Da'Sean Butler has known Thomas for some time, and could certainly be a factor in the recruiting process.

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