The first time we saw DeShaun Thomas play, he was just a 7th grader. Only 12 years old and already 6’4, Thomas was dominating his competition. He made the All-Tournament team at Nationals that year, averaging close to 28 points a game, while playing all five positions.
He’s not a kid anymore. The freshman, ranked top-5 in the country by most scouting services (he will be the no.1 ranked player when we update the rankings), stands out in a lot of ways. He’s now a 6’7 shooting guard that does everything for his team at Bishop Luers in Fort Wayne. He’s averaging 26 points, 13.6 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 blocks a game. Making the stats even more impressive is the fact that he’s doing it against Indiana competition (a state famous for high school ball that produced Greg Oden, Josh McRoberts, Dominic James, and Eric Gordon). In a win last week against Wayne (Ft. Wayne, IN) High, he scored 45 points and pulled down 15 rebounds. 45 and 15 as a freshman is unheard of.
He’s not just the best young talent in the country, he’s also humble and hard working. When asked about his game, DeShaun said “I have a lot to work on”. He is already being compared to Lebron and KG, and some say his game is a mix of the two. Every major college program in the Midwest is after him, and the word is that Indiana sits on the top of his list.
Most of you have already heard of DeShaun Thomas, but this is your heads up if you haven’t. Remember the name, this kid is the real deal.