One of the fastest rising wings over the summer was Aaron Thomas. The 6-foot-5 Thomas was one of the best scorers on the circuit in July, and that led to a host of offers. After taking a few unofficial visits Thomas has decided to cut his list to five, and also he will be wearing a new uniform as a senior in high school.
It was a big week of decision making for Thomas. First he had to go through his group of schools that came in during July and narrow the list, and he did just that. Then he had to figure out what was best for him as a senior in high school. After spending the first three years of his high school career at Aiken High School in Cincinnati, he moved a few miles down the road to Withrow High School where he will team up with 2013 recruit Devin Williams to form the best one-two punch in the Queen City.
When it comes to his recruitment, he decided that five schools stand out from the rest.
"Aaron has trimmed his list to five. The schools he is considering are Florida State, Purdue, Clemson, Cincinnati, and Nebraska," said Queen City Prophets AAU Coach Ozie Davis.
About the schools, Thomas went over them in alphabetical order.
Cincinnati - It is my hometown school, and I feel like I could help the program out if I go there. My relationship with Coach (George) Jackson is very good. He was at almost all of my games this summer, and Coach (Mick) Cronin is a good guy.
Clemson - Their style of play is good, and they play against the best of the best. I also really like Coach (Brad) Brownell. Coach Brownell is the one recruiting me personally.
Florida State - They have a good coach. Before he was there they were at the bottom of the league, but now they are near the top. Also he has had multiple pros and they develop players.
Nebraska - They are going to be in the Big Ten, and I have a good relationship with the coaches there. They have a good program that is building with good young talent.
Purdue - They have done real good in the tournament and they are a top 20 team. Coach (Matt) Painter is a good coach who has built a tradition of winning there with a good history of developing players. I think I could be a good replacement for E'Twaun Moore when he leaves.
When it comes to visits, Thomas intends to visit all of the schools on his list, though he isn't yet sure of exactly when each school will get a visit.
"I will be making my visits during September. I will be looking for comfortable surroundings and how I mesh with the coaches"
In terms of a final decision, Thomas plans on making one before it gets too late.
"I want to have a decision by about the middle of October," said Thomas.
Thomas currently checks in as the No. 95 prospect in the country, and could be due for a bump when the rankings are soon updated.