New York Forward Has Division One Interest

Reporter Brian Towey takes a detailed look at the individual game and recruiting process of Queens native Allan Thomas' basketball game ... Thomas is currently competing at an area JUCO program ...

Allan Thomas is in a good place.

The Queens native slogged through his freshman season at South Plains (Texas) College in 2008-2009, slowed by appendicitis. He took classes at Technical Career Institutes in New York, N.Y., last year but did not play basketball. Now a sophomore at ASA College in Brooklyn, Thomas, a 6-foot-4 195-pound wing, feels ready to pull it together.

"The coaches here keep you moving forward," said Thomas, who played at Thomas Edison High School in Queens. "You can communicate with them like a friend."

ASA coach Ken Wilcox isn't sure exactly of what he has yet in Thomas, but sees promise.

"I know he's talented; he's a Division I player," said Wilcox. "He's got versatility. He's a natural "2", can play some "1", and he can play the "3"- he's strong enough to do that."

Thomas took an unofficial visit to Providence in September. Texas St. and Cleveland St. have also shown preliminary interest in the strong-bodied wing player with a solid feel for the game. He is waiting to pick up his first scholarship offer.

"Hopefully I'll make my decision during the season," said Thomas.

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