COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Head coach Mark Turgeon and the University of Maryland men’s basketball program has announced the addition of Micah Thomas (Memphis, Tenn.) to the Terps’ 2016 signing class.
“We are excited to welcome Micah to the University of Maryland basketball program,” Turgeon said. “Micah is an athletic wing player who has been successful playing at a high level in high school and in AAU. He is a good shooter, athletic rebounder, and can defend multiple positions. Micah is a great young man who has a huge upside and a bright future at the University of Maryland.”READ MORE: UPDATE: Barricade Situation In Prince George's County Resolved Safely
Since arriving in College Park, Turgeon has signed five consecutive nationally ranked recruiting classes. With Thomas’s commitment, the Terps three-man class moved into the top 15 nationally. Thomas joins previous signees Anthony Cowan and Kevin Huerter, who signed in November.READ MORE: Surveillance Video Shows Response After Four Children Shot In East Baltimore; Governor Criticizes Justice System As ‘Broken’ Amid Spike In Violence
“I am very excited about this opportunity,” Thomas said. “I have had a strong bond with both Coach Turgeon and Coach Clark since they started the recruiting process. They always stayed in contact with me throughout the process and made me feel a part of their program from the very start.”
A three-star recruit, Thomas boasts a 7-1 wingspan and is highly-regarded as a lockdown defender and elite-level shooter. Thomas would like to pursue a degree in business and has an interest in a career in sports management.MORE NEWS: For The Third Day In A Row, Some Baltimore City Schools Were Forced To Dismiss Early Due To Lack Of Air Conditioning
The 6-foot-7 wing played high school basketball at Huntington Prep (Huntington, W.Va.) his senior season after starring at Briarcrest Christian (Eads, Tenn.) his first three years of his high school career. As a junior, he earned Mr. Basketball honors in Tennessee’s 2-AA division, averaging 14 points per game while shooting 41 percent from 3-point range.