Billy Thomas' transfer to North Farmington remains on holdBasketball  |
Farmington Hills – High-profile boys basketball transfer Billy Thomas hasn’t played a game yet at North Farmington.
The 6-foot-1 Thomas’ arrival back in the state last week from a first semester spent at a prep school in Virginia (Genesis Academy) prompted complaints resulting in an investigation by the Michigan High School Athletic Association, which is pending.
“We’re waiting on what the state rules and that’s all I am aloud to say,” North Farmington coach Todd Negoshian said.
As a sophomore last season, Thomas, a shooting guard and a mid-major Division I-college recruit, started in the backcourt at Detroit U-D Jesuit, helping to lead the Cubs into the Class A state semifinals. He averaged nearly 15 points per game and shot 50 percent from the 3-point range.
His parents reside in the North Farmington school district and he enrolled briefly at West Bloomfield over the summer before deciding to go to a prep school.
U-D’s 6-foot-8 sophomores Greg Eboigbodin and Ikechukwu Donatus Eke, both natives of Nigeria, lived with Thomas and his family last year – attending U-D Jesuit, but not playing per an MHSAA ruling of undue influence. They enrolled with Thomas at West Bloomfield in the summer. Thomas and Eboigbodin participated in summer league competition with West Bloomfield. They competed at Michigan State’s team camp in East Lansing.
In August an Oakland County Family Court judge took custody of Eboigbodin and Donatus Eke away from the Thomas family and placed them with families affiliated with U-D.
Thomas’ slower-than-expected road to the court for North Farmington has done nothing to slow North Farmington down. Thursday’s 72-53 thumping of Oak Park ran North Farmington’s record to 9-0.
Almost the moment Thomas got back to Michigan and enrolled at North Farmington last Tuesday he was offered a scholarship by Oakland University.
Thomas' father, Ron Thomas, is confidant his son will be in uniform with his new team soon.
“Once we get his transcripts in order, we’ll be okay,” he said.
The MHSAA didn't return calls from State Champs seeking comment for this story.