All-County Performer at North County to Begin Professional Career in AA County
Severn, MD (October 8, 2012) – Anthony Thomas II, who made a name for himself as a prep player at North County High School in Glen Burnie, Maryland, now will start his professional career just a few exits down I-97 playing for the Bay Area Shuckers of the American Professional Basketball League (APBL) who call Severn, Maryland home.
“This season, far more than last, we have really tapped into local talent. We’re very excited to have Anthony on board after a great prep career, and a solid collegiate career playing at the D1 and D2 levels,” commented Bay Area Shuckers General Manager John Wolfe.
As a senior at North County in 2006-2007, Thomas earned All-County honors by finishing second in the county with 7.9 rebounds per game, and third in blocked shots, posting one per contest. He also contributed 9.3 points per game for the Knights wearing number 34.
In 2008-2009 he headed just south to Washington D.C. to play for the Howard Bison of the Division 1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. As a freshman, the 6’6” forward suited up in 25 games, including four starts.
For the 2009-2010 season Thomas transferred to American International College of Springfield, Massachusetts. In his first season with the Northeast-10 Conference school he started in 22 of 24 match-ups while posting 6.4 points and 6.3 rebounds a game; and scored in double figures seven times. He had a career-high 21 points and 12 rebounds at UMass Lowell and put up 15 points and pulled down eight rebounds in a win at Le Moyne.
He again made a large impact in 2010-2011 starting in 28 of 29 games and posted solid number with 6.1 points and 5.8 rebounds per game while blocking 25 shots. He also posted some big numbers scoring 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field in a win over Saint Michael’s and had a double-double with 10 points and a career-high 13 rebounds in a win over Southern New Hampshire.
In 2011-2012 playing as a graduate student he started in 20 of 21 games and notched 3.2 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. In four years of collegiate ball Thomas played in 99 games, starting 74 and posted 417 points and pulled down 445 rebounds.
The Bay Area Shuckers are members of the American Professional Basketball League (APBL) and are scheduled to tip-off their season in early November. For more information on the Bay Area Shuckers please visit www.BayAreaShuckers.com.