ANALYSIS: Thomas comes into the draft as arguably the most athletic player available. He is a raw athlete whose ceiling is unlimited. Coming into the 2005-06 season as an unknown redshirt freshman, Thomas had little hype on the draft radar. Everyone knew his name after the 2006 NCAA tournament however, and he is now being considered a potential number one overall selection. Comparisons for Thomas range from a more energetic version of fellow LSU alum Stromile Swift to Phoenix Suns all-star Amare Stoudemire. While his offensive repertoire is limited, Thomas more than makes up for it in pure athleticism. Scoring most of his baskets on offensive rebounds and in transition, Thomas averaged 12.5 points per game while shooting over 60 percent from the floor last season. In addition, Thomas averaged over nine rebounds and three blocks per game, including 14 double-doubles and 13 games with four or more blocks. And while his numbers in the NCAA tournament were not off the charts (10.2 points, 8.6 rebounds per game) he provided the nation a glimpse of his potential with a handful of ridiculously athletic plays. Thomas will need to add some bulk to his frame to excel at the next level, as his athletic ability will only get him so far. He has little to no range on his jump shot, scoring mostly on layups and dunks. He will have to work for every rebound on both sides of the court with NBA-level power forwards able to move him around down low. Although he has some minor flaws and is far from a polished player, Thomas' unmatched upside has many scouts drooling at what he could become in the next three to five years. Patience will be needed for the team that selects him. He will provide some great highlights, but there will be a steep learning curve involved to progress at the NBA level. Thomas has assured himself of a top-five selection on draft night, and in the right situation, he could be the top overall choice.