A standout at Harrisburg (Pa.) Central Daupin, Thomas put together a strong spring resume and broke out at the Tournament of Champions in late May.
Since that event attention has picked up, per Tigh Savercool, who coaches Thomas at Central Daupin and with the Midpenn Motion travel team program.
"It's propelled recently," Savercool said of his recruitment. The high school season was very busy for us. Xavier was in and out. Monmouth was in and Northeastern came in for a couple of games.
"They were here throughout the high school season, but the contact from colleges really amped up after the Bob Gibbons tournament," he added.
Thomas, a 6-foot-8, 225-pound power forward, has scholarship offers from VCU, Northeastern, Boston, George Mason, Duquesne, Drexel and Drake. Clemson, Cincinnati and others have been in touch as well.
"Penn State actually came to one of our open gyms over a month ago," Savorcool said. "But with [Pat] Chambers going form Boston to Penn State, they've been in touch there."
Although the attention is somewhat new, Thomas has witnessed the recruiting process before. His sister – Alyssa Thomas – scored 2,000 points at his high school and was the 2011 ACC Rookie of the Year at Maryland.
"I think now he's going to start getting through it," Savorcool said. "He's kind of been through the grind with his sister, so he knows what it entails. As far as where he wants to go, I think it's going to come down to his comfort level."
As a junior Thomas averaged 25 points per game. According to his coach he has a versatile game, but brings strength to the table.
"He's a guy that is very comfortable with the basketball," he said. "He can do a lot of things and he has a lot of moves. He can finish high and finish strong."
"Right now I'm really working on him being able to face up and developing more range on his shot," he added. "He's beginning to get much more comfortable shooting the ball from 15-feet."
Thomas and Midpenn Motion will begin July in Indianapolis at the adidas Invitational.