Tar Heels Targeting Thomas

Tar Heels Targeting Thomas

FRISCO, Texas --- North Carolina has begun to target Dallas (Texas) Prime Prep's Elijah Thomas, one of the top post scorers in the 2015 class.

Thomas said he recently got a call from Roy Williams.

"They are recruiting me pretty hard," Thomas said. "I talked to Roy Williams and I talked to Coach [Steve] Robinson. They told me that they like the way I play and that they want me to continue to improve and get better. It's pretty big interest."

During the conversation, Thomas and Williams did discuss a possible scholarship offer.

"They said they are looking to offer soon, but I'm just a sophomore," Thomas explained. "I'm not paying attention to it. I just want to keep getting better and better. I want to be the best."

Thomas said the family atmosphere and style of play are among the things that stick out about North Carolina.

"You watch them on TV and you talk to the coaches and the players, they seem like a big family," Thomas said. "The coaches, they have a system, but at the same time they let you play. That's a pretty big deal."

To go with interest from North Carolina, Thomas cited strong interest from Duke, Michigan State, USC, SMU, Texas A&M, Arizona, Illinois, North Carolina State, Florida, Alabama, Kansas Ohio State and Indiana.

"I'm interested in everybody to be honest," Thomas said.

"All of them have said they want me to come down and visit pretty soon," he added. "That costs a lot of money. It's not free."

At 6-foot-8, 240-pounds, Thomas is an imposing figure on the court. He has made clear advancements to his game over the past year that have been on display through the first three sessions of EYBL circuit with his Team Texas Elite squad. Among the things he's worked on the most is getting in shape.

"I'm playing the best I've played since the school year," Thomas said. "I've been working out. I dropped 10 pounds and added muscle and added some athleticism. I've been working on my skill."

"I had to lose weight because we went to NHSI and we were practicing, but I wasn't getting to work out," he added. "I went out there and I was rusty and out of shape. I've been able to work out now."

Thomas is known for his ability to score on the block and entered the spring ranked the No. 12 prospect in the 2015 class. His play this past weekend at the Dallas EYBL event wasn't consistent, but he had big performances to open and close the weekend – 20 points (7-12 FG) and nine rebounds against the Georgia Stars on Friday evening, and 25 points (9-14 FG), 10 rebounds and six blocks against Team Louisiana on Sunday morning.

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