Posted on: August 12, 2010 11:53 pm
Edited on: August 13, 2010 1:35 am
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."