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adidas Invitational profile: Justin Thomas

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Pike guard focused on success

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 12:01 am

INDIANAPOLIS - The News-Sentinel sports staff is spending the week covering the happenings of the annual adidas Invitational, which features many of the top prep basketball players in the country.

We will be compiling profiles of a number of athletes. Here is another in the series:

JUSTIN THOMAS

5-foot-11

Guard

Pike High School

Junior

Offers: No official offers as of press time, but had contact with Tennessee, Ball State, UIC, Wright State and Georgia State.

Jonathan's take: Thomas provides an interesting look at the point guard position for collegiate coaches. He has solid size and strength to play the point and is extremely quick.

Most importantly for a point guard, he handles pressure well coming up the court and can get into the lane where he can pull-up or go in for a leaner at the rim. Sometimes he does try to do too much with his speed, though, driving into the lane and seemingly coming up with a plan once he is there, leading to turnovers or ill-advised shots.

He rarely looks to take an outside shot, which is something he says he is currently working on in the summer to improve. If he can gain some confidence in it so defenders have to honor his ability to shoot from three, it will only make his quickness of the dribble even more lethal.

On what college coaches have told him to work on: “They told me to

work on my jumpshot. Get a lot of reps in so when it comes game time it’s natural for me.”

On his attitude for summer circuit games: “First and foremost I’m looking to win because if we don’t win coaches can’t see me and if coaches can’t see me or my teammates we can’t show them anything. But trying to show them I can lead a team, I can run a team, I can get my teammates involved and I can play defense.”