The recruiting trail continues to blaze for Butler University head coach LaVall Jordan, as the Bulldogs received a commit from Class of 2021, Brownsburg high school wing Pierce Thomas on Thursday evening:
The 6’5″, 170 pound two-sport, track and field star received recent heavy interest from Cincinnati–whom he visited with this past weekend.
However, Thomas visited the Bulldogs on Wednesday, and Jordan closed the deal–convincing the local standout to stay in his ‘own backyard’.
Thomas also received interest from Indiana, Indiana State, and Iowa among other potential suitors.
Per the Indianapolis Star, Thomas is the 5th best high school player in Indiana’s talented Class of 2021–joining future Bulldog teammate Jayden Taylor (#8) of Perry Meridian among the Top 10:
5. Pierce Thomas, Brownsburg
The 6-6 Thomas averaged 9.4 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.1 steals per game for a balanced Brownsburg team as a sophomore. Thomas, a state champion long jumper, has an offer from Butler and interest from several other high-major programs. He is ranked No. 183 in the class on the 247sports national composite. Thomas will look to improve on 31% shooting from the 3-point line last season (22-for-72).
As a junior this past season, Thomas averaged 14.3 ppg, 4.5 apg, 6.7 rpg, and roughly a steal per game in 19 games.
A superb athlete, who’s still growing as a basketball player, Thomas has enormous potential–and should add much needed size and quick twitch athleticism to the Bulldogs as a wing–especially for Big East conference play:
Here’s some other Thomas highlights.
It’s an impressive display of speed and power.
Per 247.com’s Brian Snow, Pierce’s father, Rich Thomas, stated to him:
“Butler look(s) at him as being a ball handler, wing, and even sometimes guarding some bigger guys because of his size and athleticism. Also, they want him getting out in the open floor as well because of how he pushes the break. I think Coach Jordan wants to be open in his offense and that fits into Pierce’s style.”
Thomas should be a welcome addition to the Bulldogs in 2021, and it’ll be interesting to watch him continue to grow and improve his game–because the sky is truly the limit regarding his massive upside.