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Former U-D Jesuit star Thomas back in the fold in MHSAA, will play for N. Farmington in ’15

By: Scott Burnstein, January 8, 2015, 10:28 pm


Farmington Hills – Billy Thomas will be bombing away again in Metro Detroit.

After spending the first semester of the school year at a prep school in Virginia (Genesis Academy), Thomas, a standout boys basketball player who was one of the best outside shooters in the state last season as a sophomore at Detroit U-D Jesuit, landed back in Michigan this week and has enrolled at North Farmington.

The 6-foot-1 Thomas will be eligible immediately because his family resides in the Farmington Hills School District. He started in the backcourt in 2014 for a U-D Jesuit squad that won the Catholic League and reached the Class A semifinals, averaging 14 points per game and shooting over 50 percent from the 3-point range.

The team he’s joining in North Farmington is 6-0. On Tuesday, the Raiders beat Troy in an OAA crossover 66-50.

North Farmington coach Todd Negoshian isn’t complaining.

“I’m happy for Billy to be back home,” Negoshian said. “He’s been friends and neighbors with a lot of our guys so to get someone like that back in your lives for our team is always a good thing. We’re excited to add a player of his caliber who also is a great kid.”

When asked about Thomas’ role in an already deep the Raiders’ rotation, Negoshian contends it’s still up in the air.

“The key will be how quick he picks up and adapts to our system,” he said.

North Farmington runs a four-quarter full-court trap they refer to simply as “The Press”.

Cleveland State-signee Jeron (Buddha) Rogers is the Raiders’ top player, considered by most scouts the No. 1 small forward in the state’s senior class.

Thomas played his summer ball with West Bloomfield. Currently, he’s being recruited by Division I and Division II schools at the college level. Oakland University recently offered Thomas a scholarship.