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Adonis Thomas

Although many people expect him to play his college basketball in the same city he plays his high school hoops, Memphis Melrose standout Adonis Thomas (6-6, 205) says he has not made a decison yet and that Arkansas - where he visited officially this past weekend - remains in the mix.

Memphis Melrose basketball standout Adonis Thomas knows that if you asked 10 people where they think he is going to college, probably 9 of them would answer that he will most likely stay in his home city.

But Thomas (6-6, 205) – a consensus Top 10 player nationally and the No. 2 small forward er Scout.com - said after an official visit to the University of Arkansas this past weekend that he has truly not made a decision as of yet.

"I get that a lot, people just sure I am going to Memphis," Thomas said. "It's obviously where I live and a lot of people are pressuring me to come there, but I am going to make a decision on what is best for me, not for everybody else. I am just going to keep it in the hands of God and do a lot of thinking and a lot praying before I decide."

Thomas has now taken official visits to Tennessee and Arkansas, has a trip to UCLA this upcoming weekend and then will trek to Florida (Oct. 7-9) before finishing out his visits with one to Memphis (Oct. 14-16).

"Those are all great places with great programs and great coaches," Thomas said. "It is going to be a very hard decision for me."

He has made several trips to Fayetteville in the past couple of years.

"It is great coming out to Arkansas," Thomas said. "I am familiar with the campus and the staff. This is my third or fourth time I have been here. I wouldn't come to Fayetteville this often if I weren't truly interested in what this program, this coaching staff and this school have to offer."

Arkansas head coach John Pelphrey and his staff have put in more time than anybody recruiting him per Thomas, who averaged 19.6 points and 13.2 rebounds last season while leading his team to he state title.

"Arkansas has been recruiting me longer than anybody and Coach Pelphrey has really proven to me how much he wants me to come here," Thomas said. "They have a great coach, a great staff, have a great overall athletic program and a great sports tradition and a lot of guys from Memphis have come to Arkansas and done big things."

Thomas was very impressed with the fact that he looked up saw Arkansas head coach John Pelphrey in Germany this summer.

Pelphrey was there to watch Thomas play for the USA basketball Under 17 World Championship team.

"That is going to be one of the factors in my decision when I make my decision," Thomas said. "I know who I have seen the most, who has been at my high school games, who has been at my AAU games, who has always been taking the time to show me how much they wanted me from the start. Coach Pelphrey has been great about all that. He's really worked hard to try and get me here."

Thomas took the opportunity to talk to current Chicago Bull and former Arkansas star Ronnie Brewer when he ran into him on Saturday.

"Basically he is probably the same type player as I am – got a good body, is a great defender – and that is how they use him in the league – and he can make plays as a 2 guard," Thomas said. "I just wanted to know how did he develop over the years and what made him the player that he is now. We've got a lot of similarities so I just wanted to learn from him."

Thomas was one of four players on official visits to Arkansas this past weekend with Razorback commits Hunter Mickelson and Aaron Ross both there as well along with Seagoville (Texas) star Devonte Abron (6-8, 223).

Thomas had a chance to play against Mickelson, Ross and St. Louis area point guard B.J. Young, a top 20 player and the third UA commit in the 2011 class.

"Hunter is a great player and one of the best big men in our class," Thomas said. "He certainly is one of the most underrated ones. He is definitely a top 15, top 20 player.

"I've been knowing Aaron Ross and seeing him play with the Arkansas Wings and is one of the main leaders of that team," Thomas added. "He's a great player.

"B.J. Young is a guy that I have been playing against since I started playing basketball, playing against St. Louis Gameface and going in and out of St. Louis and them coming to Memphis to play us," Thomas continued. "Having guys like that coming here makes Arkansas even more attractive to me."

Thomas broke down the factors that will go into his decision, which will be made before the November early signing period.

"The number one thing with me is academics," Thomas said. "That is number one with me, number one with my mom. I have to think of my education because basketball may not always be there.

"Add to that where I fit in best, what they have coming back, who they have coming in and if there is the opportunity to come in as a freshmen and compete for a starting spot," Thomas said. "I want to have an immediate impact and play for championships and a national title while I am there."





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