January 31, 2012

Super Six part six: Thomas update

Wake Forest 2012 basketball signee Devin Thomas has been nothing short of dominant this season.

Thomas is averaging an impressive 23 points and 14 rebounds per game, with two highlight performances that are a cut above the rest.

He scored 43 points, pulled down 23 rebounds, blocked five shots and dished out for assists to lead Central Dauphin to a 78-57 win over Scranton Jan. 15. Most recently Thomas filled up the stat sheet with 33 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists in Central Dauphin 68-47 blowout victory against Whitehall.

"I feel like I'll bring a lot of energy to the court and to the team by rebounding and working hard, crashing the offensive boards, getting up second shots and whatever Coach [Bzdelik] tells me to do I'll be able to do, I'll be willing to do," Thomas said. "I'm a hard-worker, and I take advantage of every opportunity I have to score and to get a rebound. I like to get my teammates involved."

Rivals.com rates the 6-foot-8, 225-pound Thomas as a three-star recruit.

He is keeping close tabs on the Demon Deacons progress this season, watching most of their games on television.

"I think they play hard," Thomas said. "They don't take any seconds off. They play hard the whole game. I feel like they run out of energy."

Thomas is confident that he and the rest of the "Super Six" will provide what the Deacs need to compete at a high level.

"I talk with Codi [Miller-McIntyre], Andre and Aaron the most," Thomas said. "We just talk about how our season's going, how we're doing individually and we just can't wait for next year when we get to play with each other. What's coming back next year is already solid. We're going to be kind of experienced, we're going to be young, but I feel like we can make some noise."

He added that he talks with Jeff Bzdelik and Jeff Battle on a weekly basis, and that he is working diligently to improve his three-point range, face-up game and free-throw shooting along with the rest of his game before he arrives on campus.

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