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Recruiting: Could Thomasson come back home?


Joe Thomasson recently committed to Oklahoma State, but is that a done deal for the former Thurgood standout?

Thomasson, beginning his second year at State Fair Community College (Mo.), picked up an offer from Dayton days after pledging the Cowboys. Though he said he still expects to end up at Oklahoma State, the chance to make a college homecoming did catch his attention.

“It’s always great to have the chance to be back in the city. I thought about it, but at the same time this is a business decision for me and my family. But it was crazy. I’ve played at UD so many times and they just now offered,” Thomasson said.

A 6-foot-4 guard, Thomasson signed with Wright State after averaging 16.6 points per game during his senior year in 2011-2012, but didn’t qualify academically and left for junior college. As a freshman, he averaged 14.2 points, five assists and 4.4 rebounds while making 40.9 percent of his 3-point attempts. His big year drew the attention of high-major schools like Oklahoma State.

Now he’s looking to take his game to the next level as a sophomore.

“It’s a blessing that I got my school picked out, but at the same time I’ve got a lot of work to be done,” he said. “I want to be all-American. I’ve got a son. I’m doing this for him. I didn’t come this far to be average.”

• Madison senior Olivia Philpot committed to Youngstown State earlier this month. Philpot, a 5-10 guard, averaged 12 points as a junior and was among the SWBL leaders in assists and field goal percentage.

Meanwhile, 2013 Madison graduate Kaylee Bush was on campus at Capital University and playing pick-up ball with her teammates-to-be when a funny thing happened: she switched schools.

Slippery Rock (Pa.) had recently lost a couple of recruits and was looking for some help in the post. The coach offered a scholarship to Bush, a 5-11 center who averaged nearly eight points and eight rebounds a game last year, and she immediately made the move.

It was quite the turn of fortunes for Bush; D-III Capital doesn’t offer athletic scholarships.

“The coach called and offered a full ride. That’s probably almost a $40,000 different,” said Madison coach John Rossi, who will have 11 alumni playing college basketball this season.

• Notes: Bethel senior Patrick Bain picked up an offer from D-II Notre Dame College (Ohio) … Texas El-Paso assistant Phil Johnson, who coached Stivers coach Shawn McCullough at San Jose State, said UTEP plans to check out senior guard Robert Caldwell and his brother, sophomore guard Rodrick … Ohio State received a commitment from prized 2015 Texas wing Mickey Mitchell this week, which could effectively remove the Buckeyes from the Luke Kennard sweepstakes.


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