Looks like he wants to stay in state.
Columbia Heights Sr. (Columbia Heights, MN)
AAU: Howard Pulley
Wt: 170 lbs
Scout Bio:Thomas has one of the better looking shots in the Midwest for the 2010 class. He has great mechanics. Played little as a freshman for his high school team but with a new coach he exploded scoring 21.8 a game as a sophomore in a reasonably touch conference. Top scorer for the Howard Pulley 16s group.
Named unanimous All-North Suburban Conference pick as a sophomore. Averaged 21.8 points per game as the Hylanders finished 13-14 last year.
Last edited by exxon; 10-11-2009 at 09:57 PM.
Looks like he wants to stay in state.
Braziel, Thomas lead Columbia Heights to better times
The Hylanders coach has revived the program, with the help of a junior guard who can shoot the lights out in any game.
MICHAEL RAND, Star Tribune
Last update: January 20, 2009 - 8:04 AM
Columbia Heights boys' basketball coach Willie Braziel shook his head at one that got away. His Hylanders had taken Minnetonka -- last year's Class 4A champion -- to the wire before falling 73-67 Saturday. The loss dropped his squad to 5-6.
"We're below where we should be," Braziel said. "We haven't met expectations yet."
But while a victory over a diminished but still formidable Minnetonka squad would have been a nice upset, the greater and more important overall surprise is that there are high expectations at Heights, even if they are as yet unrealized.
Braziel, formerly the girls' coach at Minneapolis Roosevelt, took over the helm last season and guided a young Columbia Heights team to a 13-14 record. The year before Braziel arrived, the team won four games.
A deeper dig into Hylanders history reveals that Columbia Heights' one and only state tournament appearance in boys' basketball came in 1930. While saying Heights becomes relevant in boys' hoops every time this country goes into a once-a-century economic depression wouldn't be accurate, suffice to say it's been a while since there were reasons for sustained optimism.
Braziel has chosen to set the bar high, scheduling nonconference games against Minnetonka, Hopkins and St. Bernard's in addition to a North Suburban Conference schedule that features, among others, Cooper twice.
One big reason Braziel has his team taking on all comers -- aside from personal pride -- is junior shooting guard Jacob Thomas. Thomas averaged 22 points per game as a sophomore and is at 21.5 ppg this season. He is 6-2 and looks to still be growing. Against Minnetonka, he scored 30 points -- half of them coming on five three-pointers -- and had games of 37 and 40 points earlier this season.
http://www.startribune.com/sports/pr...7PQLanchO7DiUrColumbia Heights basketball coach Willie Braziel said Hylanders junior guard Jacob Thomas "possesses one of the best pure shots in high school." Braziel said about a dozen schools have contacted Thomas, including Iowa State, Kansas, Minnesota, Notre Dame and Wisconsin. Thomas, a third-team all-metro selection, led the Hylanders in scoring last season, averaging 22.8 points per game.
Looks like grades may force him to go the JUCO route.
Poor kid. Looks like his grades are scaring away most of the bigger schools.
http://blogs.twincities.com/gophers/...ine-in-pu.htmlGophers target and Columbia Heights guard Jacob Thomas continued to show why he's surely one of the top shooters in the prep ranks, with 29 points and six three-pointers in a loss to El-Amin Fish House. I've heard Thomas will have to improve his grades quite a bit next school year to be eligible to play college ball, though. Too bad, because he's hands-down the best high school player in Minnesota right now (think of a more athletic Hoffarber).
Class of 2010 Post-Summer Top 175 Ratings
Posted by Bob Gibbons on 08/17 at 08:30 PM
Since the spring and summer evaluation periods are now history, and 2010 players are getting ready to soon begin their senior year of high school, it is timely to update our ratings of the top prospects in this class. As previously written, the Class of 2010 has good talent, but may not have the overall depth of recent years, particularly at the post position. During the past twelve or more years talented young players have been encouraged to make their college decisions at the earliest possible age. And, at this writing 66 of our Top 100 rising seniors had already committed to a college.We anticipate that these numbers will increase significantly now that most young men have stopped playing on summer travel teams, and are attending college “elite camps,” or making campus visits prior to the November signing period.
Following are our ratings of the Top 175 Players in the Class of 2010.
Rgt Name Pos HT WT City/State/High School
1 Jared Sullinger C/F 6-9 265 Columbus, OH/ MNorthland (Ohio State)
2 Harrison Barnes WF 6-7 200 Ames, IA/ Ames
3 Kyrie Irving 1/2G 6-2+ 175 Elizabeth, NJ/ St. Patrick
4 Tristan Thompson PF 6-9 230 Henderson, NV/ Findlay Prep (Texas)
5 Brandon Knight 1/2G 6-3 185 Fort Lauderdale, FL/ Pine Crest Acad.
93 Alex Kirk C 6-10+ 235 Los Alamos, NM/ Los Alamos
127 Jordin Mayes 1/2G 6-2+ 175 Los Angeles, CA/ Westchester
143 Jacob Thomas 2G 6-4 180 Columbia Heights, MN/ Columbia Heights
164 Alex Dragicevich 2G 6-5 187 Northbrook, IL/ Glenbrook South (Notre Dame)
Bob Gibbons is the OG of basketball recruiting guys. I like him a lot, and I think he proves his worth for having the guts to put Knight at #5, and essentially the #2 point guard behind Irving. EVERYONE has Knight or Barnes between #1 and #2, but Gibbons does something interesting. His list really deviates from others out there, and I think it has a lot to do with how he actually evaluates players.
...not that these rankings really matter, as the difference between #1 and #5 can be really slight.
Committed to Long Beach State
Hard to believe that the early signing period starts exactly a month from today (November 11th - 18th). Either we don't know about some guys or it's pretty clear who the final 4 or 5 targets are for our 2 spots.
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