"He finished up very well and had a very good summer," said Monty Montgomery, Thomas's uncle and trusted advisor. "He had an opportunity to work on a lot of areas in his game, and everything wound up very nice."
Everything worked out very nice to the tune of scholarship offers from some of the nation's top programs. Montgomery rattled off some of the schools that have offered - Connecticut, Syracuse, Rutgers, Kansas, Arizona, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest to name a few. It's still early in the process, so while Thomas may make some unofficial visits to get a taste of what college campuses are all about, he isn't ready to make any premature moves.
"Nothing has been narrowed down," said Montgomery. "But he likes Arizona, Duke, Georgia Tech, and Villanova right now."
There will be one move that Thomas will be making however. "He's changed high schools," said Montgomery. "He's at St. Benedict's in Newark now. Of course, Danny Hurley is the coach there. They play tough competition and it's a great academic school."
Montgomery broke down what the reasons were behind Thomas leaving Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School. "It was the academics first, then the greater level of competition second," said Montgomery. "The academics there will further help him prepare for college, so that the transition won't be as hard. With the greater level of competition, academically and athletically he'll be prepared."
"He's determined to be a complete product in 2006," he continued. "He wants to step right in and play."