MU signs former top 10 prospect
HUNTINGTON — Well-traveled junior college basketball player Chris Thomas, once a national Top 10 prospect in the Class of 2013, is finding his way to Marshall University.
Thomas, a 6-foot-5 guard who played last season at Chipola College in Marianna, Fla., signed with the Thundering Herd and will enroll for the fall semester, head coach Tom Herrion said. Thomas is finishing some online academic work this summer, Herrion said.
“He’s real talented, especially at a position where we have a need,” Herrion said.
Thomas, 19, was ranked No. 9 in the JucoRecruiting.com 2013 Top 100 players and will have three years of eligibility with the Herd.
He’s originally from Denver, Colo., and attended Montbello High School in his hometown before going to Princeton Day Academy (Md.), South Kent Prep (Conn.) and Chipola.
Thomas was the No. 5 player in the ESPN Class of 2013 and a consensus five-star prospect.
Last season at Chipola he appeared in 26 games with averages of 9.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists. The leading scorer for the Indians averaged 13.3 points.
Chipola’s roster for the 2012-13 season listed him as “Mistor Thomas.”
He missed the Florida juco state tournament in March after testing positive for marijuana, the Jackson County Floridian newspaper reported. The positive drug test violated terms of a conditional release in a pre-trial intervention program after he was charged with driving without a valid driver’s license and with operating an unregistered vehicle, the newspaper reported.
Thomas made a verbal commitment to the Xavier Musketeers in April 2012. Xavier assistant coach Rasheen Davis left following the 2011-12 season for Manhattan College, and Thomas signed with the Jaspers in Nov. 2012.
Herrion has a connection to Davis from their days together on the University of Pittsburgh staff in the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons.
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