Elijah Thomas is the No. 9 overall prospect in the ESPN 100 and anchors the paint for Lancaster (Lancaster, Texas). A dominant AAU season and an equally dominant junior year has nearly every major college in the country putting on the full-court recruiting press. He’s agreed to give USA TODAY HSS exclusive access into his world by chronicling everything from intimate details about his recruitment to his everyday life in a monthly blog.
Well, well, I just want to first say to all that are concerned and wondering where I’ve gone on the AAU circuit and on social media I just want to tell you that I’ll be back in July and I’ll be a totally different player.
Sometimes when guys get hurt and you get that time to sit back and watch it motivates you to come back and be better than ever. I haven’t played a game in pretty much three months and, for the first three weeks, I wasn’t even allowed to run.
I look it at like that’s three weeks other players had to get better than me. I don’t like that; I’m not OK with that. I just started back working out in the gym and I’m still being careful, but I already see improvement. I’m just hungry.
People act like I had an ACL injury or something, but I had surgery on my finger. I see people writing different things that I don’t understand about me not being the same when I come back, but the numbers don’t lie. I know the rankings dropped and everything, but I learned really early not to put much stock into that stuff.
I believe that I’ll be back to playing in July. I’ll probably play in Nike Global and adidas Nations; that’s what I’m thinking right now. If I play in more I’ll let you guys know.
The recruitment hasn’t been that much different; but I will say that having this time off with the injury has let me see which schools want me the most.
I probably keep in touch with six or seven schools regularly and there are a few other schools that are trying to get in. Right now I’m down to 10 schools; my next cut will probably be down to five but I have no idea when that’ll happen. I’m definitely taking notes on who’s staying in touch the most during my time away from the game.
Oh, I’ve gotta tell y’all too, this time away from playing has definitely helped me find my passion for coaching. I’m serious!
I’ve coached a few games for our younger team and I was helping coach on the EYBL too. The one thing I didn’t like was being a waterboy, Lol! I felt a little disrespected by my teammates as the waterboy sometimes.
I would have to say my coaching style most resembles Coach (John) Calipari because he’s straightforward and he doesn’t care who you are he’s gonna tell you that you did something stupid if that’s what you did. That’s me!
Other than basketball, I’ve gotta tell y’all that I’ve gotten even nicer on my video games too! The injury hasn’t affected my skills at all; they’ve only gotten better.
It’s been cool to have a chance to hangout with my best friends too. When I’m 100 percent and playing I don’t get this time so it’s been cool to just relax and kick it with them.
OK, everybody you know I’ve always gotta say that I appreciate you reading my blog. I just want you to know that when I come back I’m planning to take back what’s mine. I know that I’m the best player in the country so… Hint, hint.
Thanks to all the people who supported me through this injury and just know that the results will show soon.
I’ll talk to y’all soon.
Follow Elijah Thomas on Twitter: @edotcash