After a summer in which things went from bad to worse for Xavier, the autumn brought more of the same. Verbal commitment and former 5-star recruit Chris Thomas announced today that he is completely reopening his recruiting process.
In yet another illustration of how little a verbal commitment means, Chipola Junior College guard Chris Thomas reopened his recruitment after previously stating he would play for Xavier. Thomas is a 6'5" guard who can score from behind the arc, the mid-range, or at the rim, and would have been a big addition to the 2013-2014 Xavier roster. Instead, he will pursue his collegiate career elsewhere.
This is not the first change of venue for the itinerant Thomas. According to CBS Sports' Jeff Borzello:
He started out in his hometown of Denver at Montbello (Colo.) but never played a game there. After that, Thomas attended Princeton Day Academy (Md.) and then planned to enroll at Westwind Prep (Ariz.). After deciding not to attend Westwind, he ended his high school career with a couple of months at South Kent Prep (Conn.) - before enrolling at Chipola Junior College in Florida, where he took classes but didn't play last season. Thomas reportedly obtained his GED at Chipola and is expected to begin taking classes this year.
Obviously, that's not exactly what you hope for in a recruit. Four schools before leaving for college with no degree is not the kind of stability that portends well for a player's career. He has also had some questions regarding his ability to control his temper both on and off the court. There's a chance that, despite his enormous talent level, Thomas never pans out as a college player. But for Xavier fans, having a player of his caliber committed to next year's roster was a huge emotional reassurance about the direction of the program. Instead, this most tumultuous of periods in Xavier history rolls on, leaving people question exactly what is going on down on Victory Parkway.