"I just want to be known as being a good player overall, that guy that everybody looks forward to watching," Thomas said at the recent USA Basketball Fall Mini-Camp.
"I love seeing everybody compete and excited on the court and wanting to win," Thomas said. "I love seeing guys make it tough on each other and want to win.
Thomas made it tough on the other 16U teams in the world last summer in Argentina. He was an integral piece in team USA's run to the gold medal in the Tournament of the Americas.
Thomas values the pre-Olympic experience USA Basketball has given him and the camaraderie with others in his class.
"Everybody is cool with me. Everyone knows I'm versatile. They know I might post up some times, handle it on the wings. I'm friends with all these guys."
Though if given his choice he'd watch LeBron James, it's Melo whom Thomas favors with his game. "Right now I'm trying to work on my game so that it's maybe a Carmelo Anthony game. I'm trying to get bigger, stronger and more aggressive but still have the versatile game like Carmelo does."
Regardless of who he patterns his game after (his father played at Central Missouri), he's going to have his choice of college programs.
"I'm managing it well now," Thomas said of the process. "I've got a lot of contact. I try to tell them that I'm interested in any college that wants to recruit me. As far as my decision, I tell them that I'm going to wait until my senior year. I just let them know I'm interested and I'm glad they're recruiting me."
Florida, North Carolina, Ohio State, Memphis, Tennessee, Arkansas and Stanford sent head coaches to Melrose to eyeball him. Oklahoma State and Oklahoma are in the mix. All have offered except for North Carolina.
AAU teammate Joe Jackson stayed home and will run with the Tigers; other local kids may follow. Thomas sees the movement but maintains the desire to look around with an open mind.
"I'll probably just go wait and watch the season when they're in college to see the chemistry with the team. I'm willing to leave and willing to stay."
Since the end of summer, Thomas has seen the campuses of Florida, Arkansas and Memphis.