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He was in the front row at FedExForum on Friday night, and it's worth noting that Thomas might be the first prospect in history to have a video montage assembled completely for him. No, it wasn't presented that way officially; such would be an NCAA violation. What Memphis did instead was film a tribute to Penny Hardaway -- an icon from this city who played for the Tigers before becoming an NBA All-Star -- that featured little more than Hardaway and other local products who played at Memphis (like Elliot Perry, Andre Turner, Cedric Henderson and Hank McDowell) talking about how special it is to stay home.
Thomas stared up at the screen and watched it all.
The video ended with Hardaway saying these words: "You can make a difference by staying at home."