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Thursday / May 19.
  • Eli Thomas Enjoys Illinois, SMU Up Next

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    Eli Thomas, the 6-foot-9 big man from Lancaster (TX), enjoyed his weekend visit to Illinois and next trips to SMU Oct. 3.

    “I enjoyed it,” he told SNY.tv. “Their fans are awesome. The coaches and people around campus treated me like I was one of the players on the team.”

    Illinois is telling Thomas he can be a featured player if he goes there.

    “To be the face of the program and make sure we win a national championship if I decided to go there,” he said.

    Illinois on Tuesday added a pledge from point guard Jalen Coleman to go alongside fellow 2015 commits D.J. Williams and Aaron Jordan.

    Thomas has already visited LSU and Oklahoma State and still has SMU Oct. 3 and Texas A&M Oct. 11.



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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.