Future Warrior Thomas starting fast at El Camino Real
It’s a good thing the Hawai’i basketball team secured Michael Thomas during the early signing period.
The 6-foot-6 high school senior is making quite the early-season impression for El Camino Real High in Woodland Hills, Calif. The Conquistadors are 6-2 through the first eight games, and Thomas is averaging 18.8 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. He was named the Most Valuable Player of the Pasadena Tournament after tallying 23 points and 11 rebounds in the championship game victory.
“I wish we would have won those two games that we lost,” he said. “But other than that, things are going well.”
In another tournament last week, Thomas had 23 points and 18 rebounds in a game, although it came in a triple-overtime loss.
Expectations are high this season for the Conquistadors. They are considered the top team in the Los Angeles City Section Division II, and are ranked No. 21 among all teams in the state of California by CalHiSports.com.
Thomas said he has been playing mostly at power forward for the Conquistadors, but he is projected to be more of a wing player on the NCAA Division I level.
“I’m mostly at the 4 (power forward) right now, helping the team get rebounds and score inside,” he said. “But I’m also branching out a little bit, playing some 3 (small forward).”
Thomas signed a national letter of intent with Hawai’i in November. He will join the Warriors during the 2013-14 season as a freshman.
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JOVANOVIC ALSO FARING WELL EARLY
Stefan Jovanovic and the Bishop Montgomery High team are also off to a nice start this season.
The Knights are 4-0, and won the Trevor Ariza Tipoff Classic last week in Los Angeles. Jovanovic, a 6-foot-10 center, had 10 points, six rebounds and four blocked shots in the championship game win over host Westchester.
Bishop Montgomery head coach Doug Mitchell was quoted in The Daily Breeze as saying of Jovanovic: “I thought he really stepped up in the second half. He did a really good job. He finished plays and got some key rebounds for us.”
Bishop Montgomery is ranked No. 19 in the California state rankings by CalHiSports.com.
Jovanovic also signed a national letter of intent with Hawai’i in November and will join the Warriors as a freshman during the 2013-14 season.
Bishop Montgomery senior guard Niko Filipovich is also playing a key role for the Knights this season. He also intends to join the Warriors for the 2013-14 season, although he has not signed an official letter of intent.