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Top-50 junior Dallas Thomas updates his recruitment

February 8, 2023

Tracking back to a 2024 prospect we’ve been monitoring over the past year plus: 

Arkansas native Dallas Thomas.

Nicknamed ‘Slim’, Thomas is a 6-foot-9, 170-pound small forward. He’s currently rated amongst the Top-100 prospects [top-40/75 depending on the outlet] but is a guy I see as a possible riser this summer due to his skillset and major upside.

We look at the modern-day NBA and you see all of these long wings, creating tons of space, and scoring a lot from multiple spots. Thomas fits that mend. I look at guys I’ve scouted over the last few years, I’ll take Peyton Watson as a recent example, both of which were long wings, and scored a lot from the outside, but also guys you don’t want to see at the rim.

That’s my interesting comp for Thomas, despite him still having two years of high school left, plenty of time to develop.

Thomas is already on the radar of almost every school in the country, but, in addition, Overtime Elite became the first professional program to inquire and reach out to Thomas and his camp last July. I see him as a kid who could consider the pro route when all’s said and done because who wouldn’t explore, but, he would dominate in college and I believe he knows that.

He’s being pursued by a plethora of high-major programs from different conferences, has taken several visits, and will be a heavily pursued target when all is said and done.

Thomas went in-depth on those programs in the mix with

Which schools are heavily involved?

“Clemson, LSU, Auburn, Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Missouri, Memphis, and Ole Miss are involved the most as of right now.”

Are any new schools involved?

“Nope not really, Clemson is one of the newer schools.”

What’s Auburn pitching to you and what thoughts on how you’d fit with them?

“They just like how I'd fit in their program and said I have an impact as a freshman, which is something that is big for me. They have that family vibe and atmosphere as well.”

What about LSU?

“LSU was also saying how my game fits in their program being that I’m versatile, skilled, and a long wing. They like to play fast-paced so I’d be a great fit. They also have that family atmosphere. They’ve explained how they’ve turned players with a similar game [as me] into pros, which is the most important thing. Development is something I prioritize.”


“Definitely has that family culture. I Love Coach [Dennis] Gates and the staff. They’re honest in letting me know what I need to work on, Coach Gates has also developed a lot of guys like me into pros and most importantly they take good care of their guys, mentally and physically. I really like the way they play on both ends of the floor and they believe I’ll fit perfectly in that system.”

How would you best break down your game?

“Feel like my game is all-around, being able to do everything. Shooting, rebounding, playmaking, and defending.”

How has your game evolved this season?

“It evolved this season by me becoming more consistent and defending better, not just being aggressive.”

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