Francis Marion University men's basketball coach Gary Edwards has announced the inking of 6-3 guard Quinton Thomas of Charlotte, N.C., to a national letter of intent to attend FMU and play for the Patriots in 2019-20.
Thomas is a senior at West Charlotte High School, where he played under the direction of coach Jacoby Davis. As a senior, he averaged 13.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 1.2 steals per game as he helped lead the Lions to a 25-7 record and an appearance in the state title game.
He attended his first three years of high school at Harding University High School, and averaged 11.1 points and 5.8 rebounds per contest as a junior.
"Quinten is a very athletic guard, who's going to help us particularly on the defensive end right away," Edwards said. He also has the ability to be an explosive scorer. He's physically mature and already possesses a college frame, so I anticipate him being able to play significant minutes as a freshman because of that."
"Our recruiting class really solidifies our philosophy of recruiting high school guys. This is probably the best high school class that we have brought in since I've been here – from top to bottom. I like the road we're on right now, recruiting the young guys. We're going to be extremely young next year, but that's okay. It's going to be a fun year and these guys are going to fit right in, not just basketball-wise, but personality-wise too. This group represents the type of young men we are looking to bring to FMU."
Thomas joins a 2019 recruiting class that includes 6-4 wing player Ja'Lil Robinson of Columbia, S.C., 6-4 guard Derrick Sinkler Jr. of Columbia, S.C., 6-5 wing players Jamal Edmondson of Ladson, S.C., and Stan Eze of Marietta, Ga., and 6-1 guard Loginn Norton of Richmond, Va.
This year's Francis Marion squad went 21-9, securing the program's second straight 20+ win season and earning an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season.