Seattle's high school basketball class of 2005 may be the best ever in the Emerald City's history. Very few debate that. The bar has been set and the underclassmen from the city famous for Starbucks, grunge rock and Microsoft, they are relishing in the opportunity.
Guys like Martell Webster, Jon Brockman, Micah Downs, Marcus Williams and Terrence Williams have reenergized the Seattle hoops scene. All five are going onto to play at some of the top programs across the country.
Isaiah Thomas, a 5-foot-8, 155-pound point guard from Tacoma (Wash.) Curtis High School, could be the next big-timer. He has taken his game to another level and many expect the class of 2007 be the next top prospect from Washington.
Only a sophomore, Thomas has been playing his best basketball to date. Over the last six games - all wins - he's averaging 31.5 points and seven assists a game. For the season, Thomas is putting in 25.4 points, 6.3 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game. Word is quickly spreading of the point guard with a famous name.
"Things have really heated up," Thomas said. "A lot more schools are sending more letters. Some of the new schools are NC State, Notre Dame, Indiana and Iowa. Those are basically the new ones."
Several others have been sending mail prior to his tear. Washington, Washington State, Arizona, Gonzaga, UCLA, Stanford, Indiana, Notre Dame, NC State, Louisville, Kentucky and Iowa are amongst the schools recruiting the mighty-mite floor general. Thomas said Indiana and Arizona are the two schools recruiting him the hardest at the present time.
Always calm and collected, the youngster say he isn't letting the attention get to him.
"I just want to keep working every day and practice in game situations," Thomas said. "That's the way I get ready for the real thing. I just try to imagine who we play and go from there. I think it's easier that way."
Cerebrally, athletically, tough and poised, Thomas is showing he's the complete package. A number of big timers are finding that out, too.