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Sharpshooter Matt Thomas picks Iowa State over Virginia

6’-4” shooting guard Matt Thomas of Onalaska (WI) is arguably one of the sweetest shooters in the 2013 class nationally with range, form and the ability to string together basket after basket. Late in the week, Thomas also announced his college intention early, as he narrowed his school list and reportedly picked Iowa State over Virginia.

While coach Fred Hoiberg has relied heavily on transfers from four-year colleges during his initial tenure at Iowa State, he has a solid 2012 class coming in with several team oriented high school players, and Thomas also rates as a nice building block for the future, given his outside shooting ability.

According to the Des Moines Register, Thomas averaged 21 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists as a junior last season on a quality team.

With Iowa State apparently heading towards a more up-tempo attack in the future, Thomas is firmly on board. He told the Des Moines Register, “That’s one of the things I was looking for — to play for a team that likes to get up and down the floor quickly. There’s a lot of reasons I chose Iowa State, but it didn’t hurt any that they’re going to play up-tempo.”

Assuming Thomas continues his solid play from the spring to the summer for the Wisconsin Playmakers, he’ll look like a steal for the Cyclones as a legitimate top-100 player and a potential building block in the 2013 recruiting class. When had a chance to observe him in April in Minnesota, he had all the looks of nationally regarded player.

About K.J. Hassenstab

K.J. Hassenstab is the publisher of the College Basketball Newcomers Guide book and He founded in 2009, and has contributed to SlamOnline, Dime Magazine's, and, along with other publications in the past. Hassenstab has covered grassroots, high school and basketball recruiting for over a decade. Follow on Twitter, @Hoopniks.

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