Hillcrest Prep Academy 6-foot-9 rising junior forward Dischon Thomas has really developed over the past year, and is coming off a very good showing for himself this spring and summer while traveling on the EYBL Circuit. As a result, Thomas has begun to generate loads of division-I college interest for himself.
This weekend, while competing in the UC-Irvin Elite Camp, Thomas would receive a scholarship offer from the dedicated UC-Irvine staff. The UC-Irvine college program has been a nice spot for Arizona prospects over the years, and the current staff made it a point to express their affection for Thomas early in the recruiting process. Thomas is a 2019 prospect.
Thomas also currently has offers from Cal State Northridge and San Francisco, and is receiving very serious recruiting interest from West Virginia, UNLV, and received calls from more than 30 different college programs this summer during the contact period, so look for more offers to pour in.
Thomas is coming off a sophomore season where he saw limited action on a Hillcrest Prep team which won the Grind Session. Thomas gained valuable confidence as a player, as a result.
This spring and summer, Thomas would gain national attention while playing very strong for the Las Vegas Prospects (NV), a heavily sponsored Nike program based out of Nevada. Thomas led a very talented 16U team for the organization in scoring and rebounding, and helped the team to win tournament titles in the first (3) tournaments they played in this spring.
Thomas moved to the state of Arizona from North Carolina just two years ago. He is a versatile talent with a very bright future ahead of him. Thomas still has a lot of growth ahead of himself and should develop very nicely over time. Look for Thomas to become a nice recruiting target among Arizona's 2019 class over the next year.
I will continue to follow his college recruitment closely and bring you any updates as they continue to develop.
Arizona Hoop Review Scouting Report: Thomas is a talented prospect with a very bright future ahead of him. A long and lengthy forward prospect with loads of talent for the future, and with excellent upside as a player. Thomas is a skilled combo-forward with a solid perimeter shooting stroke, 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 division-I prospect. Thomas has a high basketball IQ and knows how to play the post position, while also being able to step outside and make perimeter shots. He always seems to take good shots within the offense. 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. He is a strong rebounder, especially on the offensive end where he is able to effectively rebound and get put-backs for his team. He runs the floor very well and finishes strong in transition at the rim. Has a huge upside. An excellent prospect for the future.