UT Martin in Thomas Top 5

Since July wrapped, Class of 2017 recruits are furiously compiling “Top 5” lists and setting official visits.

Mississippian Terryonte Thomas (New Hope HS) chopped to five: UT Martin, Southern Miss, VCU, Louisiana Tech, and Southeastern Louisiana.

“I will be waiting until after football,”  said Thomas about his plans.

These were released August 24th on Twitter and are in no particular order.

“I will be taking unofficial visit to southeast Louisiana Sept 3,” Thomas shared with me through Twitter DM last week.

I have talked with Thomas for the last two years.  He was initially a Murray State target, back when Steve Prohm was in charge.  When Coach Prohm and staff bounced for Iowa State he was on their radar…for awhile.

As you might have expected Iowa State became less and less enamored with a point guard in Mississippi once they settled into their new sofas.  The likelihood of Thomas going four states away for college are not strong.  For this reason VCU is not a likely pick.

Oddly, UT Martin needs to be wary of Southern Miss and SeLA.  Thomas loves those two schools and has labeled each favorite at one point or another during his long recruitment.

UT Martin has built their program through JuCo.  It is fool’s gold for teams aspiring to maintain dominance in D1.  JuCo players don’t really develop.  They play and then leave.  You get no continuity.  You barely educate them, because they only invest emotionally for a little over a year in the classroom.

Still, it is a quick fix and popular with new coaches in LM-MM, especially in a small town like Martin, Tennessee.  Thomas will be a four-year player.  More importantly, he will devote himself to making the team and himself better.  This is a wonderful target for UT Martin.

In the Class of 2017, UT Martin Head Coach Anthony Stewart wants at least two players.  They need a big man (PF or C) yesterday.

Scouting Report

Thomas has the ideal size, standing 6-foot-4.  He prefers to play point guard, but could be a secondary ball-handler in the OVC too.  He is not a shooter.  Slashing, penetrating, and scoring is his thing.  Thomas will be a behemoth with college lifting.  Naturally strong and quicker than most, Thomas will be a problem attacking the rim.

With his strength and agility he will also be a threat to score among the OVC trees.  Outside shooting, court awareness, and learning the structure of a college offense will be weaknesses on Day One.

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