The late signing period is here but one of the nation's top prospects won't be inking with anyone this week or even this month. Lance Thomas, a five-star forward from St. Benedict's High School in Newark, N.J., is one of the top players still uncommitted in the class of 2006. He will remain that way for a while longer, according to his uncle Monty Montgomery.
Thomas is not going to Duke or Rutgers. At least not right now.
Rumors spread quickly that Thomas had given a pledge to Rutgers after he played in the Roundball Classic in Chicago on Sunday. Montgomery said that wasn't true.
"No, no, no, no, that rumor is not true," Montgomery said. "I know the rumors are out there but he hasn't done anything yet."
In fact, Thomas and Montgomery returned home from Chicago on Monday and haven't talked about setting an exact to make a decision. Montgomery said the decision may not even come in April.
Thomas has a two-week spring break beginning on Thursday. In that time, Thomas has two big exams to prepare for, Montgomery said.
"He's been swamped all across the board. With the trip to California (for the McDonald's All American game) and Chicago (for the Roundball) and the tests and everything else, he has a lot on his mind," Montgomery said. "He'll take that spring time to get his mind straight and put it all together."
Montgomery said Thomas will look at both Duke and Rutgers. He did shed a bit of light into the decision making process though.
"In that time, you see who is transferring or who is going pro and then revisit the situation again and see what is best," Montgomery said. "But at this time he has not committed to anyone."