Thomas makes impression

Elijah Thomas

Four-star center Elijah Thomas was one of the most impressive players at the DFW Thanksgiving Hoopfest.

At 6-foot-8 and about 245 pounds, class of 2015 center Elijah Thomas from Rockwall (Tex.) High School was one of the most impressive players at the DFW Thanksgiving Hoopfest. The talented center scored and rebounded at will, and recruiting wise things are very busy for him.

"The season has started okay," said Thomas. "We have had too many turnovers, but we are trying hard. I have done well in the low post and rebounding, but I have to improve with my free throws."

When it comes to his recruitment a long list of schools are seriously involved.

"Georgetown, Duke, Illinois, Missouri, Texas A&M, California, North Carolina State, Texas, Baylor, Louisville, Kansas, Arizona, and UCLA are pretty much the main ones," said Thomas.

He continued, "I have been to Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Texas A&M. I want to go on more, but since they cost a lot of money I haven't had a chance."

The Texas Longhorns were present at the Hoopfest to watch Thomas. He says so far things are going well with him and Texas.

"It is good to hear from Texas," said Thomas. "They play a really good schedule so their coaches are always busy, but it is really good to hear from Texas."

Also two other in-state schools have already made an early impression on Thomas.

"In terms of Texas schools I also like hearing from Baylor a lot and Texas A&M," he explained. "They are both great programs as well."

Another program that has made a good impression is Kansas. Thomas got to see that school in person and came away impressed with everything about it.

"Championships and their coaches are cool," said Thomas of what appeals to him about the Jayhawks. "That is what stands out about Kansas. Also they have great facilities and I like that a lot."

For now Thomas is taking everything slow, and is focused on working hard. In fact he says the early attention is doing nothing but motivating him to get better.

"It is shows that hard work pays off, but it just tells me that I have a long way to go if I want to play at one of those schools," said Thomas.

Thomas is the No. 6 center in the country and the No. 16 prospect overall in the 2015 class.

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