The 6-foot-5, 210-pound wing earned All-Tournament honors as he led the North Carolina Gaters in scoring (15.3), and his best effort came against the World Wide Renegades. The Renegades featured J.J. Hickson and Michigan State commit Chris Allen, but it was Thomas who shined in this matchup. Thomas hit the glass hard and knocked down four 3-pointers, including three in the second half as his 19 points led the Gaters past the Renagades in their final pool game.
Thomas is explosive and has a chiseled frame, as he is strong enough to work the baseline and mix it up with bigger forwards. He projects as a small forward on the next level and will continue expanding his game this summer.
"I used to play football, and then I stopped playing and kind of stuck to basketball," Thomas said when asked about his build. "I just started really playing AAU last year... trying to get my name out there. I think it's going pretty good.
"My specialty is really banging on the inside with the big guys. We're a big team, but we are kind of lacking in certain areas so I like to get on the inside and bang with the big fellas... try to make it easier on my team."
As a junior, Thomas played mainly post for Greensboro (NC) Day, the same high school that produced former NC State point guard Justin Gainey. On the AAU circuit he has the chance to showcase his skills on the wing, and colleges have taken notice.
"Miami offered me, George Washington [has offered], Wake Forest is talking to me, Clemson, NC State, Florida State, Virginia Tech, and NC State," Thomas said.
After a high school retreat, Thomas heads to NC State for the Elite Skills Camp in mid-June and will follow that with a camp at Virginia Tech and unofficial visits to Miami and George Washington.
Thomas has already taken a couple of unofficial visits, tripping to Wake Forest and NC State over the past month.
"I took one to Wake," he said. "I played up there with the guys and stuff. I liked it a lot."
"I actually just went on an unofficial to [NC] State," he added. "I sat down with the coaches and just talked with them. I wanted to see what they are about, and I wanted them to see what I was about."
NC State appears to be in strong shape. Thomas spoke highly of the program and new Wolfpack head coach Sidney Lowe.
"I just like them," he said. "They can shoot the 3-ball and then they get up and down the floor. I don't know... I'm kind of, not really leaning towards them but you know.
"I would love to play for a coach that knows what he's doing or what it takes to get [to the NBA]."
Already fully qualified with a strong GPA and test score, Thomas is a character kid who will be an asset to any program.
He claims to not have a leader, but hopes to have a decision by the end of the summer.
"Actually there isn't [a leader]," he said. "I haven't had a chance to sit down and see which school I like. I plan on doing that within two weeks. I'll probably decide at the end of July, after we come back from nationals."