Thomas Has Decision To Make

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Ronnie Thomas has a clear list of three leading schools, and while that final choice will be his biggest, the first decision that he makes might shed light as to where he will play his college basketball beginning next fall.

“I am trying to make my mind up right now if I want to be close to home, or if I want to try and go away to school,” Thomas told “The number one thing will certainly be my degree, but I also want to get a feel for the best overall school and the place that I will be most comfortable. Then just follow my heart.

“Honestly, right now I am pretty much wide open and after my last (official) visit I will take a week or two and sit down with my family and pull the trigger.”

That initial decision about school proximity is important because Thomas has pretty much narrowed his list of schools down to three, including Ball State, Duquesne and Virginia Tech. The first two visits have been taken to Ball State and Duquesne, while the Hokies will host Thomas on September 25-26.

“I took my official visit to Ball State on the last weekend of August and I liked it there. It’s just about two hours and fifteen minutes away from my house,” the 6-10, 230-pound senior, who has a 3.46 GPA and has scored an 1150 on his SAT, said. “I liked the coaches a lot, the players were good guys and they both seemed to have a great relationship with each other.

“As for Duquesne, Coach (Danny) Nee coached my brother Aaron for a year at Robert Morris, so I have known him since I was in the eighth grade. I like the city of Pittsburgh, it’s a good conference and they are starting to turn things around.”

Thomas averaged 10.5 points and 7.5 rebounds last season at Northridge HS in Middlebury, IN. His best play, however, might have come during the latter part of July, when he was showcasing himself before college coaches in Orlando, Fl. during the 17-and-under national tournament.

“I think my biggest improvement in the past year has been my inside skills basically and my ball handling. I have gotten a lot better with my back-to-the-basket skills, moves and strength,” Thomas said. “My summer went real well, although it started off with me breaking my hand at the end of April, which made me have to sit out about a month. I really stepped up as the summer went on and I averaged about 20 points in Orlando, which was definitely the best that I played all season.”

Thomas indicated that both Ball State and Duquesne have offered scholarships, along with Western Michigan and