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September 13, 2013
Coming out of high school in Dayton, Ohio, 2014 Sedalia (Mo.) State Fair CC point guard Joe Thomasson had planned to attend Wright St. When it did not work out, a relationship between Wright State coach, Billy Donlon, and State Fair's coach, Kevin Thomas, led him to Sedalia.
Thomasson made the most of his first season at State Fair and has seen his recruitment really take off over the last year.
"Wright State helped me get here and I still talk with them. Since last season, though, I've been picking up offers from some national programs that I'm considering," he said.
One of the programs to show the most interest in Thomasson is Mizzou. The Tigers made the just-over-an-hour drive to Sedalia to check in on the 6'4" point guard this week.
"Coach (Dave) Leitao came and checked me out. Missouri has been doing a good job recruiting me. Them and Oklahoma State. They were here to check in on me too," said Thomasson.
For a brief time earlier this month, Thomasson was committed to Oklahoma State. When he decided to decommit, though, there was talk that the Cowboys would no longer be an option for Thomasson. He says that is not accurate.
"I'm still interested in Oklahoma State. I'm going down there for an official visit on September 26 and that's the only official I have scheduled right now," he stated. "I'm also planning to visit Mizzou, but I have to talk with my parents about it first and just figure out when we want to make the trip. It should happen pretty soon though."
Thomasson will graduate in May and have two years of eligibility remaining. Right now there is nothing set as far as a decision schedule goes. Thomasson said when the time is right and he and his family have touched base on everything, he will make his choice.
When he does make his decision he will be considering a few key factors.
"I want to go to a school where I can come in and make an impact. A school with a system that fits my game and can help me develop and become an even better player. I also need to feel comfortable with the coaching staff. Have a good relationship with them," explained Thomasson.
During his 28 game freshman season at State Fair, Thomasson averaged 14.2 PPG, 4.4 RPG and 5.0 APG on 44.6% FG, 40.9% 3FG and 78.4% FT shooting.