Arizona's 2018 class of prospects got much better this off-season when 6-foot-7 sophomore forward Dischon Thomas moved to the state of Arizona from North Carolina. Thomas immediately became one of the top prospects in the class as a result, and has proven himself this high school season after transferring into Cesar Chavez High School.
Thomas comes from great basketball bloodlines, as his father Howard Thomas is a former top-rated basketball player and also a coach and student of the game. His father formerly coached one of the nation's top shoe-sponsored club programs, D-One Sports (NC). As a result, Dischon was exposed to the game at an early age.
Dischon Thomas decided on attending Cesar Chavez this fall, and was immediately inserted into the starting line-up. The young and athletic talents of Thomas were quickly appreciated by head coach Gary Lee, and it has showed this season, as Thomas has helped the team to a 16-6 overall record on the season.
Thomas is a superb young talent with a very bright future ahead of him. A long and lengthy forward prospect with loads of talent for the future with excellent upside as a player. Thomas is a skilled combo-forward with a nice perimeter shooting stroke with range, and an ability to score inside and out. He has a good length of body and a nice wingspan and is still growing a great deal, which will help him a great deal over time in his ability to develop into a serious high-major prospect.
Thomas has a high basketball IQ and knows how to play the post position, where he sees the majority of his time with Cesar Chavez. An active rebounder and shotblocker also, Thomas utilizes his length to make plays - an excellent offensive rebounder. Thomas' wingspan also makes him a good shotblocker. He also has good timing as a shotblocker and changes shots of players around the paint. He should really improve in this area over time.
Look for Thomas to become a nice recruiting target among Arizona's 2018 class, and also help Cesar Chavez a great deal as they prepare to make another Division-I state playoff run.