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Wednesday / October 17.
  • Thomas Flips Favorites; Recruiting Rundown

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    By ALEX KLINE

    After a stellar July, Devin Thomas started August off on the right foot.

    The 2012 6-foot-8 power forward from Mid Penn Motion and Central Dauphin High in Pennsylvania reeled in four new offers from Marquette, Temple, Penn State and Wake Forest.

    During July, Thomas said that Penn State and new coach Pat Chambers led for his services. However, that is no longer the case.

    Following an unofficial visit to Wake Forest on Wednesday, Thomas has a new leade

    “The visit went great,” he said. “I really liked it. They are my new favorite.”
    “The coaches and players are cool, and they want and need me,” he added.
    He will take another unofficial visit to Virginia Tech on Thursday with no offer in hand from the Hokies. But that could change.

    Thomas will likely make his college decision sometime in September depending on where else he ends up visiting.

    As the visits pile on, leaders could change for the rising senior. With Wake Forest in the lead now, they must hold on to that advantage.

    RECRUITING RUNDOWN

    George Mason landed a commitment from Patrick Holloway, a 2012 combo guard from Team Takeover (DC).

    Louisville hosted 2014’s Quentin Snyder and D’Angelo Russell, two in-state guards, for unofficial visits on Wednesday, along with 2013 forward Brannen Greene of Georgia. The Cardinals staff, who had previously offered Greene, gave Russell and Snyder scholarships on the spot.

    Melvin Johnson, a 2012 shooting guard who transferred from Rice in New York, has officially enrolled at St. Benedict’s Prep in New Jersey. Johnson will spend his year at the school and has already began summer courses. He joins a talented, young group that includes Isaiah Briscoe, Tyler Ennis and Isaiah Watkins, among others.

    Georgetown offered Jaylen Brantley, a 2013 point guard from BABC (MA). Seton Hall offered the talented rising junior on Tuesday. Despite recently stating that Louisville and Syracuse were his two favorites, he decided to retract that statement. “It’s to early to have favorites,” he said.

    Temple offered Jared Terrell, a 2014 shooting guard from Expressions (MA). Providence offered the rising sophomore on Tuesday. The Friars and Owls join Rutgers, Cincinnati and Boston College.

    NC State hosted TJ Warren, a 2012 in-state forward, for an unofficial visit on Wednesday. Before taking the visit with his family, he spoke with Kansas assistant Joe Dooley. “The visit went great,” he stated. “The staff is great!” Warren will visit North Carolina on Thursday, where the Tar Heels will likely offer

    Kansas State offered Geno Thorpe, a 2013 point guard from the NJ Playaz.

    UConn, Georgia Tech and Alabama offered Greg McClinton, a 2013 forward from CP3 All-Stars (NC).

    Dayton, Miami, Missouri and Creighton offered Naz Long, a 2012 guard from CIA Bounce.

    Memphis offered Allerik Freeman, a 2013 guard from Team Nike Florida

    St. Joe’s offered Charles Cooke, a 2012 shooting guard from Team NJABC.

    Georgia Tech offered Isaiah Lewis, a 2013 point guard from the Albany City Rocks (NY).

    Old Dominion picked up a commitment from Aaron Bacote, a 2012 shooting guard from Team Loaded (VA).

    Arizona and Marquette offered Noah Vonieh, a 2014 forward from Mass Rivals (Ma.)

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.