Thomas Down to Two

Following another unofficial visit to Iowa State last week, Onalaska (Wis.) shooting guard Matt Thomas narrows his list down to two schools, as the four-star prospect will decide between the Cyclones and Virginia.

MADISON - And then there were two for Onalaska shooting guard Matt Thomas.

One of the biggest risers in the spring rankings department, the 6-4, 175-pound Thomas has narrowed his eight-plus scholarships down to two: Iowa State and Virginia.

On Iowa State: "They were recruiting me from day one, which is cool for me, and I have built a good relationship with the coaching staff. It's close to home, which is nice for family and friends to drive down and come watch me play. The campus is a college town."

On Virginia: "It's a great school. It's a great coaching staff and I've built a good relationship with coach Tony Bennett in the time that I have known him. Virginia is in the ACC, which is one of the best conferences in basketball. Academically they are up there with the Ivy League schools in a lot of areas, so I will get a great education there."

Rated a four-star athlete and the No.20 shooting guard in the country by, Thomas was thought to be a Wisconsin lean since the Badgers offered in late January, but said the Badgers simply didn't match what he was looking for.

"It's nothing that Wisconsin did, but it was just what my heart was feeling," Thomas said. "I just think one of the other two schools would be the best fit for me. It's a difficult process to me, so I have to do what I think is best.

"I called coach Ryan. I felt that was important because you build relationships with these coaches and you don't want to throw them under the bus. You are talking to these coaches all the time, and it's hard when the time comes and you have to pick one. It's definitely tough to say no. He understood and wished me good luck, so that's really cool, too."

Averaging 21.3 points per game his junior season, Thomas helped Onalaska HS win the WIAA Division 2 state championship by scoring 30 points and securing 11 rebounds. On the AAU circuit, he's been raising eyebrows competing with the Wisconsin Playmakers, causing his recruiting ranking to soar and to validate the hard work he has put in.

"I have definitely put a lot of work in, so it's nice to see people notice," said Thomas. "The ranking is awesome, but a lot of people have helped me get to where I am today. It's not just me."

Thomas hopes to makes his decision within the next several weeks, saying he has all the information he needs to make his choice.

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