Badgers Picking Up Talks with Thomas

Although the night game against Nebraska was a big opportunity for the football team to show off its program to recruits, it was a great opportunity for the Wisconsin basketball team to show recruits, like Onalaska shooting guard Matt Thomas, how special the whole Wisconsin atmosphere is.

MADISON - Matt Thomas – a 6-2 2013 guard from Onalaska (Wis) High – got plenty of attention last week Wednesday with his open gym, getting a visit from Colorado State head coach Tim Miles and Wisconsin associate head coach Greg Gard.

"I thought the open gym went well," Thomas told Badger Nation. "We worked on ball handling during the session and than we scrimmaged. Greg Gard was their watching me play and showing me support. I thought I played well I was able to shoot the ball consistently."

Gard and Thomas were allowed to speak with each other after the open gym. However they didn't speak for long.

"We talked a little bit not for very long," Thomas said. "I think the NCAA is strict with when assistant coaches can talk with recruits in person. We didn't talk too much about the open gym. The talk was mostly about our interests outside of basketball."

The Badgers coaching staff kept an eye on Thomas over the July evaluation period this past summer by attending a couple of his tournaments. Gard also stayed in contact with Thomas over the summer and the dialogue has been increasing as of late.

"We have been in contact more lately than we were over the summer," Thomas said. "I can call them as much as I want right now but they can only call me so many times in a given month. I call them usually twice a month and I think they can only call me once a month right now due to NCAA rules. Gard and I, we have a solid relationship." Thomas was on an unofficial visit this past weekend to watch Wisconsin's 48-17 victory over Nebraska.

"It was crazy being out there on the field with the Badger band," Thomas said. "The atmosphere was great. The student section was into the game and it was really cool being there. I had a lot of fun."

Thomas currently holds seven offers and two of his offers are currently standing out in his mind.

"It's still pretty early in my recruitment process but Iowa State and Minnesota are two of my favorites so far," Thomas said.

Even with the contact between Thomas and the Badgers coaching staff becoming more frequent, Thomas still doesn't know when or if the Badgers will extend him an offer.

"I have no clue really I'm still trying to figure out what may happen with Wisconsin whether or not there going to offer me," Thomas said.

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