BY ADAM QUANDT
On Tuesday, July 18, one Orono basketball star’s dreams became reality.
With his mother, Sara Omersa next to him, Orono’s 6-foot-8 forward Jarvis Thomas announced his verbal commitment to play for the Minnesota Golden Gophers following his senior year at OHS.
Thomas was ranked at No. 164 in the national Class of 2018 by 247Sports, following an explosive junior year season with the Spartans.
According to 247Sports, Thomas was receiving interest from a multitude of schools including the University of Wisconsin, Texas A&M University, Wake Forest and many other large basketball schools, before his commitment to the Gophers.
Thomas is the second commit the Gophers have received for their 2018 class, with the first coming from Cretin-Derham Hall’s center Daniel Oturu. Thomas and Oturu shared the court during the summer on the Howard Pulley AAU team.
Before moving on to the Minnesota Golden Gophers, Thomas has one year left at Orono High School, where he will compete as a dual-sport athlete; wide receiver for the Spartan football team and continue as a forward for OHS basketball.