As many of you know, 2010 prospect DeShaun Thomas sat directly behind the Hoosiers’ bench a few weekends ago at the Illinois game. He plays for Bishop Luers High School in Ft. Wayne and is ranked No. 3 in his class nationally by Rivals.com.
Thomas originally gave an oral commitment to Thad Matta and Ohio State this past June when he was only 15.
In the days following, he took back his pledge. Although it appears the Buckeyes are still the front-runner, he’s open to visiting more schools, as he did Jan. 13 with IU.
I spoke with Thomas this week for a column I wrote for the paper (which should be published in the next few days). He was a nice kid, not very talkative, but I think that’s just because he didn’t want to share too much information on his recruitment. At this point, he’s sticking with the “No comment” plan.
He did tell me that he enjoyed his trip to IU and liked Coach Sampson. He also emphasized the importance of academics several times throughout the interview. When I asked him what his number one goal was for the remainder of high school, I expected him to say either a state championship or winning the Mr. Basketball award. His answer? Graduate.
He also said that Assembly Hall was the loudest arena he’s ever heard. All that bodes well for Kelvin Sampson and his staff as they try and bring in their marquee recruit for the 2010 class.
But, if I had to guess, I still think he’s a Buckeye. They got to him early (which is what you need to do these days, as I write in my column) and I think in the end he’ll head to Columbus. Even more, when I asked him if he’d like to visit other schools in his top five like Duke or North Carolina, he said “Yeah, for sure.”
Just thought I’d give you all an update on where Thomas stands. If it’s any consolation, I’ve heard he’s worth the hype. Brian Snow of Rivals.com told me that he really doesn’t have a weakness to his game, and Thomas said a few people told him that he reminds them of LeBron James. For the season, he’s averaging 29.8 points a game and is already his high school’s all-time leading scorer. As a sophomore.
We’ll definitely be keeping an eye on him over the coming months.