Jarvis Thomas, a four-star forward from Orono Senior High School in Long Lake, Minnesota, announced via Twitter on Sunday that he will be making his college decision on Tuesday, July 18th at his high school. A member of the 2018 class, Thomas has a long list of potential suitors for his services, including Oregon State, but both Minnesota and Marquette are considered current front-runners for the 6’ 7”, 225-pounder. According to 24/7 Sports’ “Crystal Ball” prediction, there is a 100% chance that Thomas chooses the Golden Gophers on Tuesday.
I would like to announce that I am making my college decision Tues July 18th at Orono High School at 6pm everyone is welcome to join— GTM JTO™ (@harvisthomas) July 16, 2017
Thomas received an offer from the Beavers back in June of 2016 when he was an unheralded two-star prospect, but since then, the Minnesota-native’s stock has risen tenfold. He’s currently ranked as not only the #31 power forward in the 2018 class by 24/7 Sports, but also as the #164 player overall in the class. Besides developing during his playing career at Orono, Thomas has also been a stand-out on the Nike EYBL circuit, where he played for Nike EYBL Peach Jam semi-finalist Howard Pulley, alongside five-star recruit Tre Jones and Minnesota commit Daniel Oturu.
An explosive, above-the-rim type athlete, Thomas is a fantastic rebounder for his size with a solid offensive skill-set to match, that only compliments his ferocity on the defensive end of the floor. While it currently seems unlikely that Thomas would somehow choose Oregon State, the forward’s next-level mobility would be a much-needed addition to a Beavers’ front-court that could lose both Tres Tinkle and Drew Eubanks in the 2018 off-season. At the moment, Oregon State’s 2018 recruiting haul is composed of only 6’ 11”, 250-pound, four-star center Jack Wilson from Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo, CA.