Matt Thomas Reflects On UVa Visit

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University of Virginia head coach Tony Bennett took the lead role in the recruitment of shooting guard Matt Thomas , obviously a sign of how highly he thinks of the 6’4″, 195-pound rising senior. Coach Bennett was able to speak with the first-team all-state standout face to face on Tuesday, when Thomas was on Grounds for an unofficial visit.

“[Bennett] was kind of telling me everything they did at Virginia, and how I’d fit in there,” Thomas said. “I trust him, too. I think he is a super-honest guy. He thought there might not be any other place out there that fits me better than Virginia, on or off the court. He said he just thinks I’d be a good fit there.”

Thomas had never seen UVa before Tuesday. He left with a positive impression, specifically about the community and the coaches.

“It’s almost like a big family. That’s kind of the image I got,” Thomas said. “The coaches are friendly. They seem like genuine guys. Coach Bennett is as good as it gets in that department. I had a great time.”

Thomas, who helped Onalaska to a state championship in 2011/2012, is considering offers from Boston College, Iowa State, Marquette, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Virginia and Wisconsin. It’s likely that he will sign a letter of intent with his school of choice in November, and it appears he might not take too long to make a decision.

“No other visits are set right now. I don’t have anything else planned right now. I’m not sure if I am going to do any more,” Thomas answered when asked what the next step is in his decision-making process. “I have two more AAU tournaments, and then I think I’ll have summer league stuff with my high school team. I don’t have a timeline. I’d kind of like to get it done this summer. Maybe I’ll take officials, but I don’t know. I’m leaning more towards deciding sometime this summer.”

Other schools are still under consideration, but three have risen to the forefront in this race.

“There is not really a set list, but Virginia and Iowa State are