Another Visit for Thomas

Despite back-to-back playoff games and a two hour drive, Onalaska (Wis.) guard Matt Thomas wasn't going to miss another opportunity to check out the University of Wisconsin, one of the many schools on his scholarship list.

MADISON - Even after two playoff games, Onalaska junior guard Matt Thomas wasn't going to miss an opportunity to drive two hours for another look at school that could be his future home.

Thomas was one of the handful uncommitted prospects in attendance Sunday afternoon at the Kohl Center, a decision he said was an easy one to make.

"I just wanted to take advantages of all the opportunities I have right now," Thomas told Badger Nation. "If I had a chance to go to a game, I want to try and make it just so I take advantage of the whole process."

The visit was the third for Thomas – joining an unofficial visit for a UW football game and UW's game against Ohio State in early February – and he said it wasn't any different than the game against the Buckeyes a month prior. To Thomas, that said a lot.

"I think that's the Kohl Center," said Thomas. "It's always going to be packed and it's always going to be crazy. I think that and the senior day is what stood out to me." Thomas – a three-star guard ranked the No.22 shooting guard in the country by – holds offers from Boston College, Creighton, Green Bay, Iowa State, Marquette, Minnesota, Northern Iowa, Northwestern and Virginia.

In addition to UW, Thomas visited Iowa State for the Cyclones' 74-72 upset over Kansas in late January and visited Minneapolis for the Gophers' 69-50 loss February 26.

"It was the same kind of thing as Wisconsin; I got to the game, met with the coaches afterward and went over some things," Thomas said of the Minnesota visit.

Thomas' timetable hasn't changed throughout the process – still keeping recruiting on the back burner until after his season and start to make a decision sometime in the summer.

"I'll put more thought into it after the high school season," said Thomas. "I don't have a set date at all. Whenever it feels right for me is when I'll make a decision."

Thomas is one of the key figures for an Onalaska team that is 23-1 and one of the favorites to win the WIAA Division 2 state title. Thomas scored 21 points in a 36-point win Friday and, in front of associate head coach Greg Gard, scored 36 points in a 29-point win Saturday.

For the season, Thomas is averaging 21.2 points per game heading into Thursday's sectional semifinal against UW-Stout.

"It's the playoffs and we know it's one and done," said Thomas. "We have nine or 10 seniors on our team, and they don't want to lose and be done with it. We know we have to come out fresh and play well. Hopefully we can keep it going."

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