Through it all, the basketball talent of Thomas has been applauded. At various times, he was ranked the nation's No. 1 shooting guard by Rivals.com and No. 3 overall by ESPN for the class of 2013.
Thomas has been said to be "in the mold of Derrick Rose or John Wall," a "sophomore phenom," a "prodigy" and "unstoppable in transition" through his travels.
He reportedly had offers from Arizona, Kentucky, Louisville and once committed to Xavier.
The issues, however, have dogged Thomas. In addition to the legal and academic issues, Kellon Hassenstab of College Basketball Talk wrote the player "may have led last summer's [AAU] circuit in technical fouls and verbal outbursts during games, if such statistics were ever kept."
After Herrion confirmed the signing, he declined to comment on Thomas' past.
Seven players exited Herrion's program since the end of last season, only three of them graduating seniors.
Six newcomers are eligible and expected to make their college debuts in 2013-14. Only five players, one a regular starter, return.
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