Former Curtis star Isaiah Thomas has notched an ACT score high enough to assure that he will be part of the Washington Huskies basketball team next season.
Thomas, who will graduate from the South Kent prep school in Connecticut at the end of this month, got the good news late last week, and I got a chance to talk to him Saturday.
A few of his thoughts:
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On his test results:
"I feel so good. This is the best I've felt in a long time. This was the biggest relief, getting this off my shoulders. Now I can just finish the school year strong. The hardest part was getting past this. ... I thank God for the opportunity I had to do what I did."
On his two seasons at South Kent:
"At the time (of the decision) I was in high school, so I wasn't looking to move away from home. But now, it's made me such a better person overall and also a basketball player. I think it was the best decision for me and my family."
On how he has improved on the court since his days at Curtis:
"I'm a better player, a more mature player. They said I couldn't play defense or whatnot, but I'm playing it now. I'll just be ready to put on a show when I get to the U-Dub."
On whether he sees himself as a point guard or shooting guard:
"I really like the ball in my hands most of the time, so basically as point guard. When I have talent around me, it's easier for me to showcase my point guard skills. But I do like to shoot it, so it doesn't bother me."
On whether he can pair with Venoy Overton, UW's returning starter at the point:
"I think we're going to do tremendously well. Me and him are going to try to bring back the days like Nate and Will and B-Roy and all of them. We're going to try to get back at it."
On his summer plans:
"I'll be working out at Washington, playing pickup games and whatnot, just getting ready for school and getting ready for college basketball."
Meanwhile, father Keith Thomas said that he has spent the past two seasons watching his so play online. So he is expecially pleased with the prospect of watching Isaiah just up I-5 come November.
"That's the best news I've heard since he started high school at Curtis." Keith Thomas said. "He's my oldest kid and I wonder all the time about all this basketball hype, and we finally see that he's gotten over that first brick wall of finishing high school."