Last year, Shaq Thomas, a long, athletic wing with an improving jump shot, came off the bench as the Cougars won the Passaic County championship and then fell to Bob Hurley’s St. Anthony team in the Non-Public B state playoffs.
Thomas’ transfer broke up a quintet of highly talented juniors, four of whom have played together since freshmen year. Thomas played with fellow juniors Fuquan Edwin, Jayon James and Jermaine Peart for two years at PC, and fellow junior Trevor Clemmings later transferred in from Paramus Catholic. All five players hold Division I scholarships. Seton Hall made a combination offer to Edwin, Clemmings and Plainfield junior Isaiah Epps. Thomas has a number of offers as well as interest from defending NCAA champion Kansas.
As far as his college situation, Shaq Thomas attended an Elite Camp at Syracuse in August and ultimately decided he wanted to verbally commit to play for Jim Boeheim.
He called Syracuse associate head coach Mike Hopkins in October to say he wanted to commit, but Hopkins told Thomas he had to clear it first with Tim and Dorothy Thomas and his coaches.
“I called Coach Hop and told him I was ready, but my family thought that it was kind of too soon,” Shaq told Cuseconfidential.com. “I am still open and waiting at this moment It was not that I really pulled back it was just like wait and see for more options and visit more schools.”
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