November 28, 2010

Forward Lists UConn

When Kevin Thomas was younger, he had aspirations of becoming a great basketball player.

"I used to sleep with my basketball at night," he stated. "I thought that the game would come easier to me."

Although this is not exactly the case, Thomas has become one of the premier players in Canada on the AAU scene, as well as during the high school season in North Carolina.The 6-foot-7 forward plays for Coach Ro Russell with Grassroots Canada and Christian Faith Academy (NC). Thomas is a very good scorer and can get buckets in a number of different ways. While he usually gets to the rim and scores, Thomas has the ability to pop out and hit a midrange shot. He can shoot but with limited range as he hasn't developed much of an outside shot yet. His strength is an area of question, too. As of now, Thomas would be an ideal fit to play small forward in college.

The senior is waiting to sign in the late period but will not take much longer to decide. "I should be making my decision next month (December)," he stated. "I'm starting to feel comfortable with certain schools but I'm not too sure yet." Thomas hopes to "take more visits" and recently took unofficial visits to NC State and Wake Forest in the fall. Kevin has plans to visit Texas soon but no date has been setup yet.

As of now, Kevin has a list of "Texas, Marquette, UConn, Wake Forest, NC State, Georgetown, Seton Hall, Arkansas, Miami (FL) and Clemson." While he does not have any favorites, the Canadian native "really likes Texas." There is a connection between the Grassroots Canada program and the Texas program. Current Longhorns Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph, as well as future Longhorn, Myck Kabongo, all came from the Grassroots program. Could Thomas be next?

One school who really likes him is Connecticut. "I like their style of play and their coaching staff, especially coach Calhoun," stated Kevin. "They are a very big basketball school that makes pros." Although Connecticut has gone through some struggles over the last year, Thomas believes that "they will rise back up again shortly."

For now, Kevin Thomas remains one of the most under the radar players in the country. As college coaches look to finish off their 2011 recruiting class, Thomas will be coveted by many schools looking for a solid forward.

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