Marlin: New Cajuns signee Thomas 'has good vision'

Tim Buckley
The Daily Advertiser

The UL basketball team this week announced the signing of Michael Thomas, a 6-foot-1, 165-pound point who becomes the Ragin’ Cajuns' first member of their 2020-21 class.

A two-time Class 1A All-State performer from Lake Charles’ Hamilton Christian School, Thomas has averaged 15.5 points, 7.2 assists, 7.0 rebounds and 4.3 steals per game so far in his high school career.

UL coach Bob Marlin said Thomas reminds him of former UL guard Kasey Shepherd, who plays for the Ukranian club BC Kyiv, “a little bit,” and current Cajuns freshman guard Mylik Wilson “in a sense.”

UL has signed point guard Michael Thomas.

“He really can get up and down the floor,” Marlin said.

“(He) has good vision. Really good 2-point shooter off the bounce, which is hard to teach – something that Mylik Wilson does for us right now.

“We just like his speed,” Marlin added, “and the way he goes about things.”

As a junior, Thomas averaged 16.9 points and led HCS to the Class 1A state-title game.

He enters his senior season as a two-time District 4-1A and southwest Louisiana MVP while being named the District 4-1A Freshman of the Year in 2016.

Thomas originally committed to the Cajuns last February.