For four schools, Josh Lomers is a hot commodity. The 7-foot-1, 256-pound center from Boerne (Texas) High School has trimmed his list and he's taking visits. The finalists had a chance to see the big man in action at the Kingwood Classic but they had to know when he was in town. The No. 30 ranked player in the country made a short stop at the tourney before he went to the prom.
His AAU teammate Will Paul asked Lomers to come to the Kingwood Classic because he knew Stanford wanted to come and evaluate him. Lomers came, played well and he helped a friend along the way.
"I'm glad that I came. I wanted to help Will out a little bit," Lomers said.
He's being humble. Lomers dominated the paint, scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds against the South Carolina TOPPS. He owned the lane and used his big body to seal off the defense and powered to the bucket for scores. Georgia Tech head coach Paul Hewitt was on the baseline for the game. So were assistants from his other three finalists Baylor, Colorado and Texas A&M.
"I figured I'd leave it all on the court and just tire myself out in the two games that I played. I think I did that," Lomers said.
Lomers still went to the prom. He flew out soon after Hoop Zone played their final pool game on Saturday. He'll jump back on the airplane on Wednesday when he officially visits Georgia Tech.
All four of finalists have their positives.
"They are all great programs. Both A&M and Baylor are rebuilding. They are great programs with great coaches. In fact, all four of them are. I like what I know about the coaches and that's always good.
"I've like what I've seen of the campus and the players. The players especially because that's who I'm going to be spending the most time with over the next four years. I want to at least fit in a little bit."
There are some that believe Lomers is looking to stay close to home but the big man says his trips to Georgia Tech and Colorado could change that.
"I'm kind of looking into staying in the state but I think that's more so because I know more about the colleges here (in Texas)," he said. "I haven't seen the other schools. I've been to visits to A&M and Baylor. I like them because I've seen them. I've got an open mind. It's a possibility (of leaving the state)."
After visiting all four schools (he'll trip to Baylor at the first of May), Lomers said he'll sit down and make a decision.
"I'll probably take all of my visits through over the next month or so but I won't be making any commitments any of these days," he said. "Before the summer definitely. I want to go into my senior year without thinking about recruiting."