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Thomas' Take

Another edition of "Thomas' Take," a weekly post from Luers' senior sensation Deshaun Thomas.

Last Friday, we played Northrop in an overtime win. Brenton Scott was on fire for the Bruins. Paris Lipsey went to Luers as a freshman, and he played well.

I was surprised that they put their center (Jaime Burkhard) on me. I thought a guard would guard me. It was a tough game. The twins (Northrop's Brenton and Bryson Scott) played very well. Evan Blackmon played great. That helped us get the victory.

The very next night, we played Blackhawk Christian and Russell Byrd. We were very tired because we had Snider and Northrop within four days. Our legs were heavy, but we still were able to get the 'W.'

Evan was still on Saturday, scoring one more points than I did. Russell played hard. We did not guard each other, because it was a zone all night.

The SAC race is pretty mixed up. But Harding is still undefeated. We beat them in the holiday tourney, but it wasn't easy.

We play them on Friday and then turn around and go to The Ohio State University to play a team with the No. 2 player in the nation, Jared Sullinger. It will be fun, but challenging. Preparing for teams like that include doing the little things well -- rebounding, running the floor and matching their intensity.

Besides basketball, I am studying hard for the ACT and chilling with friends and family. When I think about going to college, I think about meeting other people and wondering how hard the school work will be, and trying not to be homesick. I guess everybody is, but I want to do well on the court and in the classroom. I will be ready.

High School Sports Editor Greg Jones on prep sports.