Isaiah Thomas might be one of the smallest players in the country but he is having one of the biggest junior seasons of anyone in his class.
The 5-foot-8, 160-pound junior guard is leading Washington state in scoring at 32.4 points a contest and the anchor of Tacoma Curtis (14-1), who is the No. 2 team in the state in class 4A. Thomas has gone over 40 three times this year, including a career high 52 points in the second game of the season.
The reason for his success this year is simple, he says.
"I worked my butt off this summer," Thomas said.
Fair enough. Thomas has added another dimension to his arsenal this season. He is dunking now. Eleven times to be exact. There isn't a secret to his recent added boost off the hardwood, Thomas says.
"It just came out of nowhere," Thomas said. "I've had some good ones this year. I had an alley-oop on the break. I went down the right baseline and they threw up and I put it in. It was nice."
Recruiting is going nicely as well at the moment as well. Thomas said Indiana and Washington are his top two schools while Florida, Georgetown, Kentucky and UCLA round out his top six. All but Georgetown have offered, Thomas said.
Thought at one point to be an early commitment in the fall, Thomas has slowed the process down somewhat. He wants to get to Bloomington first.
"I really want to visit Indiana before I decide," Thomas said. "I've been to (Washington) a lot. Coach (Mike) Davis said they'd like for me to visit sometime at the end of March or the beginning of April."
The hometown Huskies have made a strong push of late. Thomas said he would will most likely be a committed player by the end of the spring.
"A lot of spots are being taken. I don't want mine to get taken so that's why I want to pick by April," Thomas said.