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Illinois Fighting Illini Basketball Recruiting: John Groce Pays Another Visit to Elijah Thomas


After visiting with 2015 point guard Jawun Evans, head coach John Groce paid yet another visit to the top 2015 recruit from the state of Texas in Elijah Thomas. This was Illinois’ first visit to Thomas since he named his top ten schools on March 26th.

Thomas has been on the radar of numerous basketball programs from across the nation as he currently holds offers from 22 teams.

His top ten schools include: Florida, Illinois, Memphis, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Oregon, SMU, Texas, UNLV and USC. However, Larry Brown’s SMU seems to be Thomas’ unofficial leader.

Currently, the majority of the recruiting experts on the 247Sports Crystal Ball favor SMU as the landing spot for Thomas, but Oklahoma State seems to be a favorite as well.

Elijah Thomas is a force to be reckoned with in the paint. He can score in the paint and he can rebound in the paint. He has great hands and can score with either one. His only weakness comes on the defensive end of the court as he is not the best shot blocker.

According to ESPN, their scouting report states that the bottom line on Thomas is:

His hands and feet and the coordination he displays for a young big are quite impressive and make him a big time prospect. The key is how tall will he get because he isn’t a super athlete. We’re anxious to follow his progress closely. Thomas is a true up and comer and one of the better players in the 2015 class.

The five-star recruit is currently ranked 1st in the state of Texas, 5th among power forwards, and 11th among 2015 high school recruits by 247Sports.

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