Ashton West | Writer
JARVIS Thomas is a 6'7 native of Minnesota where he plays in the EYBL with Howard Pulley, a program known for producing Division I players. He is an athletic forward who can stretch the floor by stepping out and hitting mid range j's and passing the ball well. Jarvis is at his best when in transition where, if you're not careful, you'll end up on a poster. Few have experienced the rise he has, earning multiple NCAA Division I high major offers over the last 12 months. Including offers from Marquette, Arizona State, and Iowa State.
HE described to me what it is like actually playing on the biggest stage in high school basketball, stating that "The EYBL is like no other circuit, EVERYONE can play. It's fast, physical basketball." I don't think anyone would disagree with Jarvis as the EYBL has produced thousands of Division I athletes and pros. According to D1Circuit.com, the ELITE 8 of the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament this past year featured 38 EYBL alumni, led by future national champions, North Carolina with 8!
THE rise junior SF Jarvis Thomas has experienced is anything but normal. After beginning basketball in the 7th grade, he was cut from his middle school team. Where most players at that age would move on to another sport or activity, Jarvis persevered and came out again the following season for try-outs, making the B team his 8th grade season. The floodgates had opened, Jarvis was exposed to his first taste of organized basketball that year leading him to find his first AAU team, the Minnesota Lockdown. Things would begin to move quickly for Jarvis after this, growing a few inches and beginning to play above the rim in 9th grade.
NOW Jarvis is faced with the most important 2 months of his high school basketball career. Sitting on a handful of offers, I asked J, "If you could go anywhere in the country, regardless of size, position, etc. where would you go?" His response was direct and quick, "If I could go anywhere, I'd want to go to Kentucky." It will be interesting to see where the 3-star prospect lands after his spring and summer campaign with Howard Pulley.
Follow Jarvis on Instagram: @jarv.10