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.
Three schools are working the hardest on Chris Thomas, the Rivals No. 1 shooting guard in the Class of 2013.
“Xavier, Missouri and Iowa State,” Latonia Smith, Thomas’ grandmother, told SNY.tv Thursday by text.
Asked if Kentucky or Seton Hall were involved, Smith added, “I haven’t spoken to a coach from those universities in months.”
One source close to the recruitment described Thomas as a “high-risk, high reward” type of player who could be a “pro if he handles his business off the court.”
Smith emphasized that the 6-foot-5 Thomas was focused on getting his grades in order at South Kent (Conn.) and on graduating this spring as his first priority.
He will then spend another year in prep school.
Xavier assistant Rasheen Davis was recently at South Kent to watch Thomas, and Smith previously said Davis and Thomas enjoyed a strong relationship.
“With Chris, he really likes Xavier because the assistant coach, Rasheen Davis,” Smith said in Novermber. “He really likes the way Rasheen communicates with him and encourages him and is always in his corner, so he really likes that about him.”
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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