COLORADO HARD-AT-WORK-KIDS (HAWKS): News: Chris Thomas of the Colorado Hawks commits to Xavier!!!

Saturday, April 7
Chris Thomas of the Colorado Hawks commits to Xavier!!!

For a time, bouncy guard Chris Thomas was considered a lock top-10 prospect in the 2013 class during to outrageous scoring outbursts and rim rattling play. On the recruiting side, his multiple high school transfers from Montbello (CO) to Princeton Day (MD) to Westwind Prep (AZ) to South Kent (CT) certainly rose eyebrows, and slowed down colleges from recruiting him. At one point, he seemed to be an Arizona lean, but with academics needing to be shored up, Thomas made an unusual move in jetting from South Kent to Chipola JC (FL) in the middle of this season.

Chris Thomas - (photo credit: adidas)

Now the 6′-5″ guard has apparently set his plans for after he finishes at Chipola JC, as Thomas has committed to Xavier as a 2013 class recruit with three expected years of eligibility, provided he takes care of business at Chipola JC. The Musketeers were one of the programs that continually recruited him in the face of his off-the-court adversity, and have scored a high-risk, high-reward player as a result.

The Denver-native has showcased his athleticism on numerous occasions playing for the Colorado Hawks on the spring and summer AAU circuit. He is comfortable with the ball in his hands, and frequently pushes the pace and finishies above the rim. While Thomas isn’t a distributor, if he can be molded in that direction he projects as a lead guard with unbelievable bounce, athleticism and speed. If not, Xavier will have a slashing shooting guard that needs to add consistency and range to his outside shooting game to keep defenders honest.

With all of the above said, if Thomas flames out, the Minutemen are still in great shape following their 2012 recruiting efforts, which should legitimately be considered as a top-25 class nationally. There are two guard signees, with a talent in Semaj Christon, who may be a top-5 point guard in the class nationally. He can reasonably be penciled in as a multiple year starter for Xavier. Christon is a fifth year/prep player, bringing in extra experience, as will his future running mate, guard Myles Davis, a shooter extraordinaire.

Still, Thomas has the physical gifts that most basketball fans have to buy a ticket to watch an NBA game to see. How that translates to gaining maturity, avoiding technical fouls, and working in a structured environment is something the Xavier coaching staff will work towards, with harnessing a potentially game changing talent the reward, if they are successful.

Xavier’s program has a terrific mix of talent, great coaching and tradition. Landing an elite-level recruit like Thomas, even with his issues, is something that should be celebrated. In the best case scenario, Thomas is the type of player that cannot be stopped on the college level, and the sky can be the limit for the program’s success if he plays as advertised.