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Thomas named to Parade 1st team

Thomas

As Deshaun Thomas was preparing for one All-American honor, the Bishop Luers senior received another national accolade.

Thomas was named to the Parade Magazine All-American first team for the second straight season.

Parade will officially announce its 54th annual All-America high school boys basketball team Sunday.

“It’s a great feeling winning a national honor,” said Thomas, who’s in Columbus, Ohio, preparing for Wednesday’s McDonald’s All-American game. “I am glad I made the All-American team again. It’s amazing.”

Thomas, who averaged 31.8 points and 15.3 rebounds as a senior, is one of 10 players named to the first team. The two-time Class 2A state champion finished with 3,018 career points, third all-time for boys in the state.

Also on the first team is Parade Player of the Year Jared Sullinger, a future teammate of Thomas’ at Ohio State.

“There’s no question I knew he had this potential and ability to be as good as he is currently,” said Thomas’ AAU coach and mentor, Todd Hensley, who is also in Columbus. “I can’t put into words how proud I am of him of everything he has gone through and everything that has come up for him.”

As part of the McDonald’s All-American events, Thomas and teammates visited a local Ronald McDonald house. The 6-foot-7 forward also had a practice Sunday.

“He put a smile on a kid’s face, and I was tickled about that,” Hensley said.

“It was a great experience, and the players were really excited to be there. He sat with a kid for a little bit, and I think it got to him a little bit.”

The McDonald’s games’ Jamfest, with slam dunk and three-point shooting contests, is at 6:30 p.m. today at Ohio State. The girls game is at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday followed by the boys at 8:30 p.m.

Thomas was recently named to the Associated Press All-Century team for the state of Indiana. But the personal highlight recently for Thomas was making Luers’ honor roll.

“I just found out (last) Monday I made the honor roll, so everything is going good,” he said.

gjones@jg.net

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