Villanova Lands DeMatha Basketball Senior

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      The D.C.-Maryland-Virginia recruiting pipeline is continuing under Kyle Neptune’s watch, as he and the Wildcats stay hot on the recruiting trail.

      They secured their second commitment in one week, as three-star class of 2024 forward Malcolm Thomas announced his decision to go to Villanova on Thursday afternoon.

      “Of course, I definitely was aware,” said Thomas, when asked about Villanova’s history and run of success with DMV-area players. “My guy Justin (Moore) is up there right right now. His little brother, Jason, is one of my closest friends, so honestly, it was like family already going up there. When I went on a visit, having somebody that I knew up there already just made it even more special.”

      “When I was in middle school, watching him and other guys play was really what led me to DeMatha Catholic. You know, there’s just something about that water in the DMV area,” Thomas added, laughing.

      He is the son of Etan Thomas, who was a two-time Big East Defensive Player of the Year at Syracuse and NBA player for 10 years, but he hopes to carve out his own identity.

      Thomas aims to be one of the next Villanova standouts from the DMV, and keep that strong tradition going.

      He picked the Wildcats out of his final five, which also included California, Florida State, Vanderbilt and Xavier.

      While having Moore there helped him feel at home, his bond with the coaching staff was one of the biggest reasons behind his decision.

      “I’ve built an amazing relationship with them, and I see myself fitting perfectly in Coach Neptune’s scheme,” Thomas said. “I see myself being able to jump right in and be a piece. That’s really what it was, going on my official visit, seeing the culture of Villanova and the family aspect, how close all the guys were with coach.

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