"I decided to go with Maryland ultimately because I felt it was the best fit for me as a player," Thomas told Scout. "They'll develop my skills and [there's] the window of opportunity to get playing time early on."
Thomas, a 6-foot-7 wing that played for Team Thad in the spring and summer, chose Maryland over the likes of Louisville, Baylor, Arkansas, LSU, Iowa State and Florida.
"Me and coach [Dustin] Clark had an awesome relationship ever since he started recruiting me," Thomas said. "He didn't sugar coat anything and told me what I would have to do early on if I wanted to be successful there."
"And the relationship they had not only with me, but my mom also played a huge role," he added. "They flew down to Memphis to have dinner with her and had a nice conversation with her. Then they won me over once they talked to my mom because as you know, your mom always looks out for your best intentions in life and when that took place I was already comfortable with them, but it became even more comfortable knowing that she thought it was a good fit for me."
Thomas, a lengthy prospect, is versatile and expects to help the Terps with his shooting and ability to get deflections.
"I think I can help them on the court by adding a good shooter," he said. "I can rebound at a high level, protect the rim by blocking shots, and with my unusual length I can always get my hands in the passing lanes causing turnovers and getting steals leading to easy transition buckets."
With the addition of Thomas, Maryland now has a trio of pledges in their 2016 recruiting class. Thomas joins four-star guards Anthony Cowan and Kevin Huerter to make up their current recruiting class.