TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) The CSI Men's Basketball team were three points away from a NJCAA National Championship. Now, it's no surprise the talented returners are announcing their future commitments.
Khalid Thomas can't be missed on the basketball court. The sophomore forward stands at six foot nine inches, but his height and talent put him on the map for multiple division one basketball programs, including: Arizona, Baylor, Oregon, San Diego State, Virginia Tech and West Virginia. Thomas was second on the team in points per game (14.7) and rebounds per game (6.5).
Monday night he announced via Twitter next fall he will be taking his game to Texas Tech, after spending time there this past weekend for an official visit. In the 2017-18 season the Red Raiders went 27-10, earning themselves a No. 3 seed at the NCAA March Madness Tournament.
When KMVT's Morgan Rumpf spoke with CSI Head Coach Jared Phay earlier in September about Thomas he had nothing but praise for him.
"He’s a great person first of all. He really is. He does everything right, he's a good student,” said CSI Head Coach Jared Phay. “I think the thing that surprised us in a good way was that he actually grew an inch last year. So he came in at 6'8 he's a legit 6'9. Everyone says it and he knows it he needs to put weight on but it's hard when you're still growing so I don't know he may grow another inch this year, if not hopefully he gains another 15-20 pounds. But more than anything I'm proud of him. The offer and attention he's getting he's put the time in, and again he's a great person, he deserves it."
CSI Assistant Coach Aaron Anderson told us what Khalid liked most was how much of a family atmosphere the program is. He cancelled the rest of his recruitment trips that were scheduled including going to Arizona, Oregon and Baylor.
With the next step figured out his focus will now be on October 12 for the Rocky Mountain Jamboree.