The Millard North forward almost restarted his recruitment from scratch several months ago when the NCAA announced this year would not count toward eligibility, which changed the landscape. Thomas eventually decided from a final four that also included Murray State, Northern Illinois and Old Dominion, where his Millard North teammate Jadin Johnson is headed. Thomas is considered by many as the third-best player in the state and a top 50 player in the country at shooting forward.
Before Monday night, Illinois coach Brad Underwood hadn’t watched a game in the men’s NCAA Tournament since the top-seeded Illini were eliminated in the second round by No. seed Loyola. He hasn’t watched that game either.
Nobody mentioned Oral Roberts would knock out Ohio State, Florida and shake up some ridiculous columnists with their "archaic" Christian values. Beavers also weren't connected to Cinderella as Oregon State made an amazing run past Tennessee, Oklahoma State and even Sister Jane's Loyola Ramblers. "You don't pick against Sister Jane," McCook radio voice Seth Baumert said before the tournament tipped off three weeks ago.