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Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Josh Pastner camped out for top recruit

By Diamond Leung

As national letters of intent come in through the fax machines today, Memphis is set to announce the signing of the Greek god of this year's recruiting class.

Adonis Thomas is ESPNU's No. 2-ranked small forward in the nation, and he's decided to play for his hometown team.

One reason? Memphis coach Josh Pastner, one of the nation's top recruiters who's developed a reputation for his hustle.

And for one of the better anecdotes from the recruiting trail this year, The Commercial Appeal tells of just how badly Pastner wanted Thomas.
Tigers coach Josh Pastner got Thomas' mother, Sandra Anderson, and his father, Eric Thomas, to agree to a 12 a.m. in-home visit from Pastner and assistants Jack Murphy and Willis Wilson on Thursday at Anderson's house.

The significance of 12 a.m.? Thursday was the first day of the contact period for NCAA college coaches, and Pastner wanted to be the first one through Thomas' door this morning.

"He wanted to be the first one, you know, because Adonis is first priority," Eric Thomas said. "He said at 12:01, he'd be there and that he wanted to be there. Me and his mom said, 'OK.' He said he was going to be there and they were there."