There is no doubt about it, Cam Thomas is an elite bucket getter. In our humble opinion, as we have stated before, we believe Thomas is the best pure-bucket getter in the country. Hall of Fame Oak Hill Head Coach Steve Smith stated, “Nothing he does on the offensive end of the floor ever surprises me.” Smith went on to tell D1 Circuit, “He is one of the most locked-in players I have seen in high school, with his attention to detail. He is always in the gym early working on his game shots. He really wants to be great.”
On Nike’s EYBL Circuit this season, widely considered the top travel ball league in the country, Thomas scorched the nets for 29.5 points per game. He shot 48% from the floor, 39% from three and 90% from the free-throw line in his 13 regular-season games. Thomas was named the Offensive Player of the Year for the League as he went for 30 or more six times in the 13 games. During the summer, USA Today’s Jason Jordan wrote an article titled, “Oak Hill Academy’s Cam Thomas IS the Best Scorer in the Country”.
Thomas is ranked 24th in the country by 247Spots as director of scouting compares him to Portland Trailblazer Anfernee Simons stating, “Thomas has long arms, good quickness, and solid athletic ability. He scores it well through contact. Thomas is tricky with the ball in his hands and does an impressive job of creating space off the bounce for shot opportunities. He should develop into an NBA Draft Pick.”
Thomas is ranked 18th in the country by ESPN and 29th overall by Rivals.com. Rivals National Basketball Analyst Corey Evans said “Cam Thomas is a pure bucket getter, top 5 guy (at that) in the country. Has some Ben Gordon to his game.” Note, Rivals is the only company to not have Thomas as a 5-star, but head coach Steve Smith told Rick Lewis that “Cam should become my 35th McDonald’s All-American this season.”
A look into the mind of Cam Thomas and it all makes sense with why he can score the ball so well. He told Rivals.com “I bring scoring ability…I watch Kobe Bryant and here and there I watch Devin Booker, but mainly I watch Kobe. That is where I basically get all my moves and I try to keep that “Mamba Mentality” like him.” Looking at the raw numbers last season, playing alongside current UNC freshman and projected Top-5 2020 NBA Draft pick, Cole Anthony, Thomas averaged 26.5 points per game, which puts him close to 1,000 points scored in a single season.
Thomas put this on full display in last night’s opening game for Top-10 ranked Oak Hill. Thomas scored the ball in every which way possible. But he was able to hold up to his “Mamba Mentality” as he got loose with footwork. As we all know, Kobe was notorious for breaking things down to the basics and working with footwork. Thomas has an understanding of where his spots are on the floor and he has the arsenal of knowing how to get to his spots. Also, Thomas did a good job of turning defense into offense in last night’s game against Massanutten. He finished with four steals in the game, all of which went for direct buckets.
Steve Smith gave a great quote to Jack Herron saying, “He is a flat our scorer…Some guys are one-dimensional, but he can shoot from deep, has a great pull up and intermediate game and he can drive and get to the free-throw line…a lot. I know he is capable of going for 30 any, and every night.”
Cam Thomas will be on full display this season as he will be the featured player for Top 10 Oak Hill Academy. Former featured Oak Hill players included the likes of Carmelo Anthony, Charlotte Hornets Dwayne Bacon, UNC’s Cole Anthony, Vanderbilt head coach Jerry Stackhouse, LA Laker Rajon Rondo, Cleveland Cavaliers Sindarious Thornwell, Brooklyn Nets Kevin Durant, and others. Well now, it is Thomas’ time to carry the torch. This team is built around him, with a lot of defensive players and big’s who can rebound and finish.
In game 1, Thomas went for 39…With his efficiency and this team’s construct, look for this output to possibly happen many nights this year.