Highly touted Huntington Prep (W.V.) forward Micah Thomas has committed to Maryland, becoming the third player to join the Terrapins’ 2016 recruiting class.
Thomas’s coach at Huntington Prep, Arkell Bruce, confirmed the commitment on Tuesday morning. The 6-foot-7, 185-pound Thomas is a consensus four-star prospect and chose Maryland over Louisville, among a host of other schools.
“He’s fluid with his movements. He’d probably be a track star, the way he runs. He has the ability to be a lock-down defender. His upside is tremendous,” Bruce said.
Thomas, who joins St. John’s College High School point guard Anthony Cowan and New York forward Kevin Huerter in Maryland’s incoming recruiting class, is expected to make an immediate impact once he arrives in College Park next summer. Primarily recruited by Maryland assistant Dustin Clark, Thomas will provide depth as the Terrapins prepare to move forward without graduating seniors Jake Layman and Rasheed Sulaimon.
Considered an ultra-athletic forward and a highly regarded scorer, Thomas was Mr. Basketball in Tennessee last season, averaging 14 points per game and shooting 41 percent while playing at Briarcrest Christian. Bruce said on Tuesday that he expects Thomas to add weight to his frame and grow as a defender in the coming months at Maryland, which offered the prospect in late October.
“Once he’s being coached at that level consistently … he could be a hell of a player moving forward,” Bruce said. “He definitely fits the mold of a basketball player. He looks the part.”
Huntington Prep has become one of the top high school basketball programs in the nation since its founding in 2009. It has produced several Division I men’s basketball players, most notably Andrew Wiggins, who was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft after spending one college season at Kansas.