Tag:Adonis Thomas
Posted on: October 28, 2010 5:15 pm

Memphis lands Sporting News No. 1 prospect

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Memphis coach Josh Pastner secured a commitment from the city's best prospect -- and a certain McDonald's All-American -- for the second straight year when Adonis Thomas announced Thursday that he will play college basketball for his hometown Tigers.

"Coach Pastner and the staff were just great from the beginning," Thomas said. "I love Memphis. … It was just the best place for me."

The Sporting News has ranked Thomas as the No. 1 overall prospect in the Class of 2011, and MaxPreps.com has him No. 3. The 6-foot-6 wing plays at Melrose High in Memphis. He chose the Tigers over UCLA, Florida, Arkansas and Tennessee during a press conference that was carried live by local television stations. It's a development that should allow Pastner to continue to build on the momentum created last year when he signed a class ranked second nationally by Scout.com that was headlined by Joe Jackson, a McDonald's All-American who is, like Thomas, a product of Memphis City Schools.

Thomas is the Tigers' first commitment from the Class of 2011.

National Signing Day is Nov. 10.
Posted on: October 16, 2010 11:44 am
Edited on: October 16, 2010 11:49 am

The Penny video about Memphians staying home

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- I mentioned in my column from Memphis Madness that the school put together a video to honor Penny Hardaway that doubled as a not-so-subtle recruiting pitch to Adonis Thomas, who was seated courtside.

Thomas is from Melrose High in Memphis.

Sporting News has him ranked as the Class of 2011's top prospect.

That makes him a local priority for the Tigers just like Hardaway was once a local priority for the Tigers, and the three-minute video the school assembled hammered that point home. For instance, consider this quote from Cedric Henderson that was about Hardaway but clearly directed at Thomas, too: "He chose to stay at home and that's what made it more special. ... It was special for him to stay at home and take the program to a whole other level."

Click this link to see the video in full.

It really was a clever addition to the festivities.
Posted on: August 12, 2010 11:53 pm
Edited on: August 13, 2010 1:35 am

MTV to film reality series on HS power in Memphis

Where Class of 2011 standout Adonis Thomas will play college basketball remains unclear.

But this much is certain: He'll be a TV star by the time he arrives on campus.

Melrose High coach Jermaine Johnson told CBSSports.com on Thursday that his Memphis-based program -- headlined by Thomas, a consensus top 10 national recruit -- will be the subject of a reality series scheduled to start shooting next week and air later this year or next year on MTV. According to Johnson, the show will be similar to the wildy popular "Two-A-Days" series MTV did on the Hoover (Ala.) High football team in 2006 -- main difference being that this version, which is yet to be named, will chronicle the lives of innercity minorities trying to repeat as state champions.

"Everybody is so excited," Johnson said. "It's going to be huge."

So what about Thomas and his future?

Johnson said his star prospect still hasn't narrowed his list of potential colleges, that all the schools that have been heavily recruiting the 6-foot-6 wing remain involved -- among them Memphis, Tennessee, Ohio State, Florida, Arkansas, and Kentucky. Truth is, most insiders believe it will be difficult to pry Thomas out of Memphis considering four of his summer teammates (Joe Jackson, Chris Crawford, Jelan Kendrick and Tarik Black) are now freshmen in Josh Pastner's program, but that theory hasn't stopped many from seriously pursuing the likely McDonald's All-American.

Johnson said the latest to make a move is UCLA.

"Ben Howland has been relentless," Johnson said. "He's made Adonis his top target."
Posted on: July 23, 2010 4:20 pm
Edited on: July 23, 2010 4:21 pm

Five for Friday column

LAS VEGAS -- Click this link to read my Five for Friday column.

It has references to Jon Leuer, Quincy Miller, Adonis Thomas, etc.
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