Head Basketball Coach Sidney Lowe has landed his first commitment of the 2007 recruiting class in Johnny Thomas. (N&O Link)
The 6-foot-5 Thomas was impressive last month in the annual Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions and has a strong basketball resume. He averaged 17.8 points per game last season while leading Greensboro Day to the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association championship. In a regular-season matchup, Greensboro Day defeated eventual state 3-A champion Greensboro Dudley by 18 points. In May, he led the North Carolina Gaters to the AAU U-17 state title.
Thomas’ recruiting was led by assistant coach, Pete Strickland. The Wolfpack beat out scholarship offers from Virginia Tech and Miami (Fla.) and interest from Wake Forest for Thomas. State coaches believe that they ‘got in on the ground floor’ with Thomas, and that his skills and performance was going to continue to generate interest from a growing list of schools. This decision became more plausible last week when Eric Wallace chose Virginia and it became more obvious that State was focusing all of our efforts on Thomas.
Thomas size and game is compared by some to a blend of Cameron Bennerman and PJ Tucker.
Greensboro’s News & Record says that “Thomas could have waited” in their article on the news.
The athletic 6-foot-5 wing was a rising star on the AAU circuit. More offers could very well have been on the way.
“I could have waited for all these other colleges,” Thomas said, “but when it came down to it I already knew where I wanted to go years before.”
“They put all their focus on me,” Thomas said. “I liked all the coaches, all the energy they brought to my recruitment.”
Inlcuding Thomas, State has five scholarships for the 2007 class.
Projected 2007-2008 NC State Basketball Roster
(1) Gavin Grant (G/F)
(2) Courtney Fells (SG)
(3) Ben McCauley (F/C)
(4) Brandon Costner (hopefully gets redshirt) (3F/4F)
(5) Trevor Ferguson (SG)
(6) Dennis Horner (F)
(7) Fernold Degand (PG)
(8) Bartosz Lewandowski (C)
(9) Johnny Thomas (G/F)