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Texas A&M lands another five-star center, has loaded 2015 recruiting class


Arizona. Duke. Texas A&M?

When it comes to the best recruiting classes in 2015, that’s where we are at after Billy Kennedy landed yet another commitment from a star player in the state of Texas.

This time, it’s Elijah Thomas, a five-star low-post bruiser that plays his high school ball in Lancaster, Texas. He’ll join four-star Texans Tyler Davis, D.J. Hogg and Admon Gilder in A&M’s class.

“Thomas is a wide-bodied big man with good hands and a developing post skill set,” said Scott Phillips, NBCSports.com’s recruiting analyst. “He rebounds really well in his area and if he loses some weight it will really benefit his game.”

This comes of the heels of Kennedy earning commitments from Alex Robinson, Peyton Allen and Houston transfer Danuel House over the course of the last year, meaning that the future may look brighter for the Aggies on the hardwood than they do in the post-Johnny Football days on the gridiron.

I do have some concerns about this class, however, as I’m not convinced that Thomas and Davis will be able to play together at the college level. Both of them more-or-less play the same position, using size and strength to overpower defenders from eight-feet and in.

CBT’s Recruiting Roundup: Texas A&M gets a tough guard, St. John’s big weekend, Xavier’s intriguing fit

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Each Monday and Friday, College Basketball Talk’s Scott Phillips goes over some important news and notes in the world of college basketball recruiting. This week, Admon Gilder, Jawun Evans, Elijah Thomas and package deals, a big weekend for St. John’s and Kaiser Gates is an intriguing fit at Xavier.

Admon Gilder, Jawun Evans, Elijah Thomas and package deals

Admon Gilder committing to Texas A&M wasn’t only big for the Aggies’ 2015 class this week, it also threw an interesting wrench in a few talked-about “package deals.” While these deals only materialize part of the time, it is worth noting that both Admon Gilder and Jawun Evans have been mentioned in package deal rumors with five-star big man Elijah Thomas.

So with Gilder going to Billy Kennedy’s team and Evans committing to Oklahoma State, what happens next? Thomas has both Texas A&M and Oklahoma State in his final five, but he also took visits to Illinois, LSU and SMU.

The next step, in which Thomas chooses a school, will show a little bit about how much package deals matter in the grand scheme of things.

Thomas took his official visit to Texas A&M with Gilder, so that is worth noting, but maybe Thomas opts to go his own route and not package up with any of the rumors?

The five-star big man announces on Oct. 21 and we’ll know more of the full story. Until then, let the rumors begin.

Big weekend of visitors with St. John’s

The Red Storm have a big weekend of visitors on-tap.

Head coach Steve Lavin has three huge recruits visiting this weekend as five-star big man Cheick Diallo, five-star guard Isaiah Briscoe and four-star guard Brandon Sampson all visit New York, according to Evan Daniels of Scout.com.

Lavin needs to gain some recruiting momentum going into next season and the head coach didn’t land any major difference-makers in the 2014 recruiting class.

Securing one or more of that aforementioned 2015 group would give Lavin a little more security, especially if the Red Storm have a good year on the court this season.

St. John’s could use some good recruiting news, as they haven’t been to the NCAA Tournament since Lavin’s first season in 2010-11.

Xavier lands an intriguing talent in 2015 wing Kaiser Gates

You won’t hear from Xavier much in the 2015 class.

After landing six commitments in the 2014 class, Xavier took plenty of talented players at different positions and had minimal roster flexibility to work with in regards to the next class.

By landing Georgia native and 6-foot-8 wing Kaiser Gates this week, the Musketeers have given themselves a versatile player who can go inside-out or handle the ball a bit in pick and roll spots.

The three-star player doesn’t do one thing great, but Xavier has six players in 2014 to do different tasks already. Gates and his versatility just give Xavier some insurance at multiple spots the next season and he should be able to find a fit there in a number of different ways.

Five-star big man to announce college decision October 21st

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Elijah Thomas announced on Tuesday that he will be announcing where he will play his college ball on Tuesday, October 21st. He’ll be choosing between Illinois, SMU, Oklahoma State, LSU and Texas A&M.

Thomas is the No. 20 overall recruit in the Class of 2015, according to Rivals. He’s a bully on the block, a bruising 6-foot-9 center that can take over with his back to the basket.

“He’s a wide-bodied big man with good hands and a developing post skill set,” said Scott Phillips, NBCSports.com’s recruiting analyst. Phillips considers Thomas one of the most important players left in the class. “He rebounds really well in his area and if he loses some weight it will really benefit his game.”

Thomas just finished his official visit to SMU this past week and will be taking his final visit, to Texas A&M, next weekend, according to reports.