Posted On: 04/17/18 1:23 PM
Versatility has become one of the more treasured skills when it comes to breaking down potential collegiate prospects. The more ways you can contribute, the more valuable you become. For 2019 guard Will Thomas, he brings plenty of that to the table.
First and foremost, Thomas is ambidextrous. When he is dribbling on the left side of the court, he pulls up for left-handed jumpers. When he’s on the right, he’ll shoot righty. Either way is equally efficient in the amount of times we’ve seen Thomas.
The 6-foot-5 guard is coming off a successful season after transferring from Mt. Carmel to Mervo where he was heavily leaned on for much of the offensive production. He averaged 17 points, five assists and four rebounds per game.
“We did pretty good,” Thomas said reflecting back on his junior season. “We made it to the first round and faced Perry Hall. We had a chance to upset them at the end, but lost by two. I did pretty good and finished with 34 that game.”
Baltimore City offers a very different style of basketball than other areas are used to. Thomas played in the MIAA A Conference, which is regarded as one of the best conferences on the East Coast, before transferring to Mervo to compete in the Baltimore City Public School League.
“Players in Baltimore City are stronger and faster, but in the MIAA the competition was much higher and everyone competed at a higher level,” Thomas claimed. “It was smarter basketball.”
Thomas focused on his body for the most part this past season. Spending extra time in the weight room and staying after practice getting his body right so that he could take on the physicality that Baltimore City play brings on the nightly basis.
For this spring and summer, improvements will be more focused on his actual game.
“My jumpshot, ball handling, rebounding and defense,” Thomas said. “Those are what I’ll be focusing on most for AAU, but I just want to get better overall.”
Thomas currently holds offers from Towson and Quinnipiac, but as recently heard from UMBC, Loyola (MD), Dayton and VCU.