Lance Thomas

RCSI: 21 (2006)
Height: 6'8" (203 cm)
Weight: 200 lbs (91 kg)
Position: PF
High School: Saint Benedict's Preparatory School (New Jersey)
Hometown: Newark, NJ
College: Duke
Current Team: Nets
Win - Loss: 2 - 2


High School Allstar Games Recap: Player Interviews

Rodger Bohn
Rodger Bohn
Mike Schmidt
Mike Schmidt
Joseph Treutlein
Joseph Treutlein
Landry Fields
Landry Fields
Apr 25, 2006, 02:20 am
DraftExpress: Everyone knows that you’re down to Rutgers and Duke. Have you set a timetable as to when you’re going to make a decision?

Thomas: I’m looking to make my decision shortly after this game. Probably within the next week or two.

DraftExpress: Tell me about the pros and cons that Duke and Rutgers offer respectively.

Thomas: The pros for Rutgers are the chance to get immediate playing time and if I go there, you know Eugene Harvey would come with me. We play really well together and we play in New Jersey and would play in front of our state and could turn the program around. I’m inspired by that. The cons are that they’re not really established yet and I’d be taking a big risk, but it takes special people to do things like that and I think pretty capable of it, but right now I’ve gotta do what’s best for me.

For Duke…You can’t really pinpoint anything bad about Duke. I really can’t think of any cons that come to mind. People say “Duke and Rutgers, it’s a no brainer”, but when you look at it from different angles and different prospective, you see things through a different light. That’s why I’m waiting to make my decision.

DraftExpress: Are you waiting to see who Rutgers announces as their head coach before making a decision?

Thomas: I think Fred Hill is the head coach right now. Basically, whoever it is doesn’t really change things for me. If Gary Watters were still there, it’d still be the same. “Fred Hill”? is a great recruiter. He’s recruited me for a very long time and I think the world of him. As the same for Coach K. I think the world of both those coaches. This is a very crucial decision because it’s the next four years of my life, that’s why I’m taking my time and making the right choice.

DraftExpress: Your versatility is going to allow you to develop into a three or a four at the next level. What position do you think you’ll play in college?

Thomas: I just want to play. The 3 or the 4. I’m going to do what it takes to win. I’m not on the floor for numbers or anything. I played for a winning program under Coach Hurley. Winning is in my blood. I’ll do the little things to win. I don’t have to score points to effect the game, but I can score. Whatever position they put me in, I’m going to play.

DraftExpress: So one of the main reasons that you’re considering Rutgers is because of the immediate playing time you’d receive?

Thomas: Playing time is critical. Freshman year, you could be a diaper dandy or you could be in the shadows. I don’t want to be a mediocre player because I think I’ve worked too hard for that. My drive for greatness is very strong. It’d be an underachievement for myself not to have a good freshman year.

DraftExpress: What aspects of your game are you looking to improve upon most?

Thomas: Everything. Most importantly, my perimeter game. I’ve been working out really hard with Coach Hurley in the morning before school We work out after school. We’re just going through his workout plan and it’s really helping me a lot with my game. He sees how motivated I am and he knows that I want to be a pro. He’s giving up his personal time waking up extra early. He lives about an hour and a half away from the school, and he wakes up every morning to work out with me on my game. I just want to be the best player I can be.

DraftExpress: Speaking of going pro, what are your thoughts on the NBA’s new age limit?

Thomas: It doesn’t effect me because I never thought I was going pro out of high school, and I never had my mind on that. I think it is holding some players back. Guys that could come in and have an immediate impact on the league. What can two years in college do to detriment your game? I think it can only help you. I’m going to use it to my advantage, so just make the best of it. Further your education and you’re going to further your game, so just make the best of it.

DraftExpress: Thanks a lot Lance and best of luck in the game Sunday.

Thomas: You’re welcome. Thanks for interviewing me.

Roundball Classic: Game Recap

Rodger Bohn
Rodger Bohn
Apr 12, 2006, 04:00 am
Thomas had a bit of an off night Sunday, as he shot the ball extremely poorly from the field to start off and never seemed to get things going after that. He was out of control at times and made some bad decisions, but played hard the entire game with his usual nonstop motor. Lance will be deciding very soon between Rutgers or Duke, but regardless of which school he attends, he made it clear that he will be refining his perimeter skills to allow him to play both forward positions.

Roundball Classic: Practice Reports

Rodger Bohn
Rodger Bohn
Apr 11, 2006, 12:45 am
Thomas is a tough player to project at the next level, due to his lack of size and true position, but is still a pleasure to watch each time he steps foot on the floor. On Saturday, he used his athleticism to blow past opposing forwards, finishing at the rim with ease each time. Lance’s virtually nonstop motor and energetic play wear down opposing forwards, allowing him to score his fair share of garbage points by outworking his opponent. Thomas is currently narrowed his collegiate choices to Rutgers and Duke, and will have to decide which is more important, immediate playing time at Rutgers or potentially winning the national championship at Duke.

2006 McDonald's All-American Game, individual player breakdown

Rodger Bohn
Rodger Bohn
Jonathan Givony
Jonathan Givony
Mike Schmidt
Mike Schmidt
Mar 30, 2006, 09:39 am
The New Jersey native had a solid night, contributing his usual scrappy play to the plethora of shoot first all stars. Thomas is attempting to make the transition from power forward to small forward, but is struggling in the mean time at it. Regardless, it’s always a pleasure to watch the forward’s heady, active play, as it seems like he has a motor that seemingly never stops. Lance is down to Rutgers and Duke for next season, but neither really seem to fit the bouncy forward’s game too well.

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