Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School junior Will Thomas was an offensive force in the Baltimore County Class 4A Division last season as he averaged 17 points, five rebounds and five assist per game.
Thomas has seen his game improve during his time at Mervo, but he knows there is still more work to be done.
“Since I’ve been at Mervo, I’ve became better offensively and I’m more comfortable handling the ball,” Thomas said “I need to work on my defense and my overall game period.”
The 6-foot-5 forward helped lead the Mustangs to a 16-5 record during the 2017-18 season. In his final game, Thomas registered 34 points, four assists, and five rebounds against the defending state champions Perry Hall in the first round of the playoffs.
Last year, The Mervo boys’ basketball team were invited to play in the Modie Risher Memorial Classic in South Carolina. Thomas made the first team of the tournament.
He is a long versatile wing that can score ball in the paint and around the perimeter with either hand.
“Well I’m ambidextrous so I can shoot the ball with both hands,” Thomas said. “It just makes me score creatively at the rim.”
Mervo head coach Deron Harding said Thomas is a versatile player with exceptional court vision. He said their offense at Mervo fits Thomas because it allows his players to show their skill set. Thomas just takes advantage of his opportunities to score and create plays for his teammates.
“He is just an excitement to watch in the open court, he is always looking to score but his vision off the charts,” Harding said. “He always looks to pass and I just feel if he keeps committing to getting in the gym and working on his game, the sky is the limit for him.”
Right now, Thomas holds offers from Quinnipiac University and Towson University with multiple interest from other schools.
“I want to get all my offers first then I’m going to decide on a school,” Thomas said. “Since I’m a junior I’ll most likely commit by the end of my senior year.”
Although Thomas has one more year of high school at Mervo, assistant coach Dietrich Williams feels conditioning and defense will be the biggest part of Thomas game he has to work on for the college level.
“He definitely has to work on his conditioning and defense, another thing we are working on is putting pounds on him,” Williams said. “He is 185 right now but we are working on getting him to 195 to put some muscle on him. As far as defense is concerned, he just has to commit to playing defense.”
Aaron Harrison, a teammate of Thomas at Mervo said Will is one the greatest players he has ever played alongside.
“Will is like my brother, we have been playing basketball together for a long time,” Harrison said. “It’s a joy to play with him on both sides of the court. We helped mold each other games in the summer time by spending our time working together on things for countless hours. His work ethic is crazy good and he just continues to push me to be great.”