Young Zeke During The Recruiting Process!

Jason McClearyContributor IAugust 11, 2009

WESTWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 19:  Isaiah Thomas #2 of the Washington Huskies dribbles the ball upcourt in the first half during their NCAA basketball game against the UCLA Bruins at Pauley Pavilion on February 19, 2009 in Westwood, California. The Bruins defeated the Huskies 85-76.  (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

Home away from home!

Future 2008 Husky point guard Isaiah Thomas has had a home away from home this summer competing against the top prospects across the globe.  Traveling across the United States all the way to Italy to polish his game, Thomas has been determined to get better all summer playing with various teams and attending prestige camps!  The 5-foot-9 175-pound guard’s AAU season has come to an end. 

“It has been the busiest summer so far in my career!  Every week it’s something new.  First it was Italy for the U.S. Reebok team playing against the best talent in Europe.  I came back to the states and went straight to NBA camp in Virginia which I led the camp in assists and proved I can share the ball and not just be labeled as a shooter.  Next it was off to the Steve Nash skills academy with 20 of the top point guards in the nation.  Steve Nash taught me skills to take back home and work on and I am very appreciative about that.  After that I was off to Philly for RBK U (formerly known as ABCD camp).  Being a veteran coming into camp I knew what to expect and earned all start voting for the 3rd yr in a row.  After that I went straight to Georgia for the Peach Jam tournament.  Five days later I attended the Nike Main Event in Las Vegas.  As a team that was our best tournament all summer.  It is always fun getting better but winning makes it even better.  We made it to the final four and lost to Team Texas and that was the end to my AAU career.  Three days later I went to Portland for the Nike Global Challenge and earned 1st team honors.”

Thomas hasn’t slept in his bed for a full month this summer.  The only thing on his mind is getting better to be the best player he can be to reach his full potential.  Working out day in and day out is something Thomas takes seriously on and off the court. Working on defense is his main objective all summer.

“I need to work on my defense by getting my lateral quickness and my feet quicker to stay in front of quicker guards.  Also I have been in the weight room hitting the weights to get stronger. I have been working in Tacoma by myself getting better.  Shooting constantly everyday!  Next week I will be at UW working out with the players and pros at open runs.”

Although Thomas has one more school yr ahead of him at South Kent out of Connecticut.  With the summer coming to and end Thomas is looking forward for the school yr and basketball season to start.  South Kent is one of the top preparatory schools academic wise with one of the best prep basketball teams in the nation.

“I am excited for everything to start this school yr. It’s my graduation yr so I plan to go out with bang.  Our team should be just like last yr and compete to be the best prep school in the nation.”

Critics are still doubting Thomas due to his size but that doesn’t seem to bother him at all.  All summer long Thomas is proving his size is just a number while playing the guard role.  Upping his number in assists and proving he still can score at will.

”It doesn’t bother me anymore what people say.  It used to bother me when I was younger but now I use it as fuel to the fire.  There will always be someone out there to knock your game.  That’s why I don’t pay attention to the rankings as much.  All I care is what the NBA scouts and GM’s think to take my game past college”

The University of Washington will have to wait 1 more yr till the four-star prospect Thomas joins the team but they shouldn’t be disappointed when he gets there.  The sky is the limit for Thomas.  Until then he will spend another yr away from home maturing more on and off the court.

“I am very anxious to get to the University of Washington to prove I can take my game to the next level along with getting UW back to where they were 2 yrs ago.  I want to go further than the sweet 16 and win a national championship.  The coaching staff is great and learning from them they will teach me the right tools to get to NBA.”

Stay tuned on how the school yr will unfold for Thomas.