Billy Thomas Off To A Quick Start At Genesis Prep

12 Sep

36C80ED9-5508-4FAC-9D1AE8338B209409_W325_HautoYou might remember Billy Thomas as the starting shooting guard on U of D Jesuit’s 2014 Class A final four appearance last winter.  After the school year however, Thomas decided to take the prep route to college and chose Genesis Academy in Lynchburg, Virginia.  And including a Summer of travel AAU, and numerous open gyms, Thomas has now accumulated three division one scholarships, IUPUI, Louisiana Tech, and East Tennessee State.

“It feels great to know that all my hard work is finally paying off,” Thomas had to say.  “I’ve been really patient with the process and I have been enjoying it.”

Now a member of the class of 2017, the extra year of high school will be extremely beneficial to Thomas before he attends college.  Now 6’1″ and 160 lbs, Thomas’ primary role on the team a season ago was to hit perimeter jump shots.  Although he still wants to shoot at a high level, there are other aspects of his game he wants to improve upon.  In the short time he has been at Genesis, Thomas notes he has “gotten a lot stronger, ball handling skills have gotten better, decision making has got way better, shooting has gotten more consistent and I am starting to develop into a point guard knowing how to make my teammates better, making the right play and knowing when to score and when to facilitate.”

Thomas stated colleges haven’t been in contact with him since he came to Virginia, but Central Michigan, Oakland, and U of D Mercy all followed him in the Summer, and Xavier, Wake Forest, and Liberty have all been visitors to Genesis open gyms.  But for now, Thomas sets his focus to the regular season, and his and team’s goal “to win a national championship.”

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