Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Shaquille Thomas, the 6-foot-7, 185-pound nephew of Dallas Mavericks forward Tim Thomas, is down to three schools.
Thomas, now at NIA Prep in Newark, is considering Cincinnati, Seton Hall and UTEP.
Thomas takes an official to Cincinnati Wednesday and then heads to UTEP Sept. 17. He visited Seton Hall unofficially earlier in August.
Thomas said he will decide “after my visits.”
The No. 22 small forward in the Class of 2011 according to Rivals, Thomas has moved around from Paterson Catholic to Montclair (N.J.) High to Beckley (West Va.) Mountain State to NIA Prep, but seems to have found a stable situation.
Rudy King, the former Bishop Loughlin head coach who is now a head coach and recruiting coordinator at NIA Prep, said Thomas has a bright future.
“Shaq Thomas is one of the most talented small forwards in the country and is getting better and better,” King said in January. “He can shoot the ball, handle the rock and fly like a bird around the rim and has the ability to defend guards and bigs.
“Right now we’re working on his overall body development and getting him to become more fundamental to expand his game to new levels.
“Next season he will be a national treasure that all the heavyweights will inquire about. He talks about playing in the big time conferences in the nation and we always tell him it takes true dedication on and off the court to make the transition mentally, not just depending on his natural talent.”
Former Seton Hall commit Jamir Hanner of NIA Prep says he’s considering Seton Hall, Rutgers, St. John’s, West Virginia, Rice, Charlotte, Marshall, Boston College, Fordham and DePaul.
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.
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