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Thomas' chances of making a run for a spot on the All-American team's frontcourt won't be blocked by names like Sullinger, Anthony Davis, John Henson, Tyler Zeller, Harrison Barnes, Andre Drummond, Thomas Robinson, Terrence Jones and Perry Jones III—all first-round draft picks in the 2012 NBA Draft.
College basketball will still have plenty of proven talent in the frontcourt led by Cody Zeller of Indiana and Doug McDermott of Creighton. Along with a relatively unproven, yet supremely talented sophomore, James Michael McAdoo of North Carolina.
The freshman class isn't very strong either, although the 2012 class' top-two players are frontcourt players—UCLA's Shabazz Muhammad and Kentucky's Nerlens Noel.
Overall, Thomas may be behind Zeller and McDermott in name recognition right now, but if he picks up where he left off last season—four 20-point games in eight tournament games—he can make up ground quickly.
Appropriately enough, this unorthodox, undersized forward will start his season playing a boat against Marquette. Something tells me playing outside won't affect this play-ground style scorer.