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In Oak Hill Academy alum Cameron Thomas, LSU is getting a combo guard who is arguably the most natural scorer in the class of 2020.
As a junior, Thomas averaged 26.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game for the Warriors. In his senior campaign, Thomas elevated his game to a different stratosphere, averaging 30.5 points on 51.8% shooting and 41.8% from behind the arc. On nine occasions, Thomas scored over 30, and he twice dropped 40 in leading Oak Hill to a 36-3 record while playing against the top teams in the country.
Thomas leaves the Warriors as the storied program’s all-time leading scorer.
Amongst Thomas’ accolades, he was named 2019 Nike Elite Youth Basketball League Offensive Player of the Year after averaging 29.5 points for the Boo Williams team. In January, he earned MVP honors at the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions after scoring 26 points and leading Oak Hill to the title, defeating Paul VI 72-57. Thomas was named to the 2020 Jordan Brand Classic, a game he would have played alongside the likes of PVI’s Jeremy Roach and DeMatha’s Hunter Dickinson had it not been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In taking his talents to Baton Rouge, Thomas joins an LSU team on the rise. He’s the fourth five-star recruit head coach Will Wade has secured in the last three seasons, including Trendon Watford, Naz Reid and Emmitt Williams.
The Tigers’ 2020 class is ranked 5th in the nation. In addition to Thomas, it boasts a pair of four-stars in point guard Eric Gaines and forward Mwani Wilkinson and two three-star talents in guard Jalen Cook and center Bradley Ezewiro, Thomas’ Oak Hill teammate.
In his three seasons at LSU, Wade has led the Tigers to an overall record of 64-30. Last season, LSU was 21-10 overall and 12-6 in SEC play, winning the conference’s regular-season championship. The Tigers were set to be the No. 3 seed in the SEC tournament before the remainder of the season was canceled.
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