A four-star rising senior from Orono, Minnesota, forward Jarvis Thomas announced over the weekend that he would be making his decision on where to further his basketball career on Tuesday. And, as expected, the 6’ 7”, 225-pound prospect decided to stay home and committed to the University of Minnesota via this video posted on his Twitter account.
Thomas also had a ceremony in his school’s gymnasium where he publicly detailed his commitment to the Golden Gophers to a group of family and friends. Thomas chose Minnesota over a host of Division I offers that included Arizona State, Iowa State, Marquette, Oregon State, Pittsburgh, Texas A&M, Wake Forest and Wisconsin-Green Bay. The Beavers offered Thomas as an unheralded two-star prospect back in 2016 but always remained an outsider to eventually land the services of the athletic stand-out.
Without Thomas in the mix, Oregon State will try to now focus on small forward Emmitt Matthews (Wilson High School/Tacoma, WA) as the top priority in their 2018 recruiting haul, to join already-pledged four-star center Jack Wilson (Junipero Serra High School/San Mateo, CA). Recently, Matthews talked to Rivals about his recruiting process up to this point, quoting that his unofficial visit to the Corvallis campus “went well” and that head coach Wayne Tinkle and his staff are making Matthews “one of their top guys”.
The 2018 recruiting class for Oregon State is expected to be a crucial one, considering the unknown status of forwards Tres Tinkle and Drew Eubanks, as well as guard Stephen Thompson Jr. following next season. Eubanks and Thompson Jr. both declared for the 2017 NBA Draft but decided before the deadline to withdraw their names and return to school. However, Eubanks is currently projected as a likely second-round pick in most 2018 NBA Mock Drafts available online.