Scotlandville High basketball player Cleveland Thomas had chances to play with older brother in the past, but it never happened.

When it came time to select a college, the 6-foot-4 senior said the choice was simple: He plans to join his older brother, former Hornets standout J.J. Thomas, at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Thomas committed to the Cajuns Friday night and plans to sign with ULL during the NCAA’s early signing period next month.

“My brother was a big influence on my decision,” Thomas said. “He told me to make whatever decision I felt was best for me.

“And I did. I had chances to play with him before and never did. This time, I couldn’t pass up doing it.”

Cleveland Thomas helped lead Scotlandville to a runner-up finish in Class 5A last spring. He averaged 17 points and nine rebounds per game after moving to Baton Rouge from the Opelousas area.

In addition to ULL, Thomas also considered Tulane and Southern University. He carries a 3.1 GPA and has already met the NCAA’s academic qualifying standards.

In 2009-10, J.J. Thomas led Scotlandville to a 5A runner-up spot. He then went on to star for the Cajuns last season as a true freshman.

Westling rules clinic

All veteran wrestling officials and anyone interested in becoming a high school wrestling official locally should plan to attend a Louisiana High School Athletic Association rules clinic at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at the LHSAA office.

Those who can’t attend the first clinic can attend a make-up clinic on Oct. 17.

Contact assignment secretary Jay Harris at (225) 938-0618 or send email to for details.

LSD seeks volunteers

Louisiana School for the Deaf seeks volunteers to work its Mason-Dixon Volleyball Tournament set for Oct. 14-15.

Ten deaf schools from nine states are scheduled to compete in the annual tournament. Volunteers are needed to serve as line judges and to keep volleyball scorebooks.

Contact LSD coach Darren Gremillion at (225) 757-3412 or send email to

Prep notable

Silliman Institute golfer Haley Harrington, a St. Francisville resident, has been named to the Louisiana girls team for the Mississippi-Louisiana Junior Ryder Cup.

Matches are set for Oct. 15-16 at Southern Pines Golf Club in Monroe.

Harrington is the only golfer from the metro Baton Rouge area on the team.