If you happen to be a fan of the Iowa State Cyclones, then you have to be pleased from what you have been seeing from top recruit Matt Thomas (Onalaska, WI/Onalaska) not only all year but especially his performance in the Wisconsin state sectional finals on Saturday night.
Thomas scored a game-high 41 points, nearly outscoring opponent Hortonville himself, as he led Onalaska to a 65-54 victory and a trip back to Madison to defend their Division 2 state championship.
The game is a testament to how well Thomas has played all year as he even eclipsed the 2,000-point plateau in his high school career. At times during the game he seemed to be a man among boys on the court, scoring at will beyond the arc and also penetrating to the rim. Another facet of his game is how well he can pull up and nail the mid range jumper and make it all look easy.
Every move and every shot by Thomas was made with ease and was smooth. He was able to hang in mid-air to hit a tough jumper and changed direction flawlessly after driving to the hoop.
Even when the pressure was turned up and the defense attacked Thomas, he was able to drive and make things happen off the dribble. Thomas took over the game and stepped up in key situations when his team needed him, especially down the stretch hitting big free throws to seal the victory.
There are many talented players in the state of Wisconsin this year, but after tonight’s performance it looks as if Thomas is leading the pack. Thomas has at least one, and possibly two games left to show everyone just why he is the best player in the state. Not to mention Thomas will look to add “two-time state champion” to his resume as well.