With contributions from Josh Mathews
It has been a long time between drinks of water for Millwood basketball player Deandre Thomas concerning his recruiting offers.
But the good news is his recent thirst has been quenched.
Back in October, the junior who transferred from Benedictine College Preparatory, had four NCAA Division I offers.
Now, six months later he has received offer No. 5 as the 6-4, 175-pounder announced on Twitter on Monday he has grabbed an offer from East Tennessee State.
At @DreGThomas, he stated:
“Blessed to say I have received my 5th offer from East Tennessee State University”
Just two days later, an in-state school, William and Mary came calling.
On his twitter, @DreGThomas, he stated:
“Humbled and Honored to receive my 6th offer from William & Mary University
#gotribe,” he said.
ETSU, coached by Steve Forbes, plays in the NCAA Division I Southern Conference League. Last season, the Buccaneers were 27-8 overall and 14-4 in the Southern Conference and advanced to the NCAA playoffs.
ETSU fell to Florida 80-65 in the NCAA first round in Orlando.
The school is located in Johnson City, Tenn., and there no players on the current roster from the state of Virginia.
William and Mary competes in the Colonial Athletic Conference. Under the tutelage of Tony Shaver, the Tribe finished with a 17-14 mark, falling in the CAA tournament to UNC Wilmington, who advanced to the NCAA tournament.
The previous four offers are from Old Dominion, Samford, Mount Saint Mary’s and Saint Francis.
Thomas admitted he tries to live every day by the words on the tattoo on his arm.
“It says the only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday,” Thomas said. “Getting this offer as well as the others has shown me that I have consistently been doing better than the day before and its pushing me to be even greater tomorrow. The sky’s the limit right now.”
Millwood coach Brandon Jones has great admiration for his pupil who he coached at BCP as an assistant and now at Millwood as head coach.
“As a player he is a slashing versatile guard who can play multiple positions,” Jones said. “He can guard multiple positions, and score from multiple positions on the floor all while making his teammates better.
“He has range out to the 3-point line, and is a great rebounder from the guard position.”
Millwood went 13-13 this past season season.