Commitment Impact: Charlie Thomas

A solid interior rebounder, shot blocker and scorer with room to grow, Clarksville (MD) River Hill power forward Charlie Thomas is the perfect player for Wisconsin and head coach Bo Ryan. BadgerNation breaks down the impact of his commitment.

Committed Over: Charlie Thomas committed to Wisconsin over DePaul and Rutgers, his two other favorites. Thomas also has scholarship from George Mason, La Salle, Towson, Vanderbilt and William & Mary.

Rated: Thomas is currently a three-star prospect by

On Film: Averaging 21.6 points per game as a junior, the Washington Post named Thomas an All-Metro selection in the talent-rich DMV region. He’s a tough kid who can play.

Thomas will help Wisconsin with his effort on the glass. His biggest strength is his ability to rebounds, transition play and defense. He's undersized at 6-7, but he's physical and tough in the paint. He’ll remind a lot of Wisconsin fans of Vitto Brown, who is going into his sophomore year in the program.

Thomas’ high school team runs some portion of the swing offense, so there will be some carry over to the Badgers. He’s listed as a power forward, but he is athletic enough to play multiple positions on the court and has done so for his high school, including some point guard.

Thomas can make a hook shot, but he's not overly polished on the offensive end. He plays well off the screen and in the post, but admits that he needs to improve his ball handling and get comfortable on the perimeter.

Thomas is a shot-blocking and rebounding presence who has the chance to develop into a very good player for the Badgers.

Recruiting Impact: Wisconsin has rebuilt some depth in the frontcourt with commitments from Thomas and the 6-8 Alex Illikainen and have two scholarships remaining to really fortify the position. Wisconsin has two offers out to two prospects – four-star center Josh Sharma and five-star center Diamond Stone.

As I’ve written previously, I believe Sharma won’t be at Wisconsin. He took an official to UW 10 months ago and hasn’t been back. He’s recently took an official to Boston College and is going to Stanford this upcoming weekend. Wisconsin will still be recruiting him.

Wisconsin continues to stay right in the mix with Stone, who recently took a visit to Oklahoma State and will be going to Maryland this weekend. Maryland, Connecticut or Wisconsin appear to be the three favorites to land him with the latter two having the best odds.

Quotable: “The environment (at Wisconsin) is a great environment. We had a great weekend (on his official visit). He really felt like they were very genuine. They didn’t put up a front. They were all great people, all the coaches. The players were very down-to-earth, as well, and made us very comfortable with Wisconsin.” – Charlie Thomas Sr.

Final Thought: Another under-the-radar, up-and-coming recruit with a good fundamental base has committed to Wisconsin. Where have we heard this before? Thomas is the kind of player Bo Ryan and his staff can mold into something special by the time he leaves campus. Furthermore, seeing UW make an impact outside the Midwest is abnormal for the staff, a sign that UW could be slightly expanding their reach to capitalize off recent success.

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