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.