Thomas Kithier is an elite student-athlete currently attending Dakota High School in Macomb, Michigan. Running with The Family’s 17 and 16u teams on the EYBL circuit, the 6’8″ forward displays the inside-outside ability and high skill level coveted at the forward spot in the modern game by coaches today. A member of the class of 2018, Thomas is sure to rise up the rankings with his blend of shooting, rebounding, and ball skills. Not just an athlete, Kithier is an excellent student who maintains a 3.48 GPA.
I. AAU & SELF ANALYSIS
EM: You’re running with The Family on the EYBL circuit, can you tell us how things are going for the team and you individually?
TK: I’m playing 17 and 16u, and I like the players , coaches , and competition. I’m expanding my game while trying to earn a birth to the Peach Jam.
EM: Can you describe your game for those that are not familiar and what parts of your game do you work on?
TK: My post moves , court vision, basketball IQ, passing , defense, and rebounding are my strengths while my face-up perimeter game continues to improve. I am working hard to be a versatile player.
EM: Do you study or emulate any college or pro players?
TK: Draymond Green and Kevin Love because they run the floor, are versatile, play physical defense, especially Draymond.
EM: What motivates you on the hardwood?
TK: To be a leader and do what ever the team needs me to do to WIN.
EM: Who’s been an inspiration to you in your basketball career?
TK: My Mom because she has taught me to always try my best, compete, and follow my passion.
Macomb Dakota 6-8 fwd Thomas Kithier sure looks good in that black & yellow. Just had 13 pts & 10 rebs in win pic.twitter.com/iEIxp41xTe
— The Family (@TheFamily_bball) April 30, 2016
II. ACADEMICS AND OFF-COURT INTERESTS
EM: Can we talk a bit about your interests as a student, what is your favorite subject?
TK: My favorite subjects are history and marketing.
EM: If any idea, what do you plan to major in when attending college?
TK: I’m thinking sports management or teaching.
EM: What music/songs do you listen to before a game?
TK: I like listening to Drake and Future.
EM: Favorite NBA team and player?
TK: Detroit Pistons and Draymond Green.
— Peter Micheal (@peterfuller10) March 22, 2016
6-8 sophs back from injury and playing best of their careers for high end Class A teams Dakota's Thomas Kithier and Petoskey's Danny Kolp.
— Steve Bell (@BankHoops) February 6, 2016
EM: Shifting a bit to recruiting, can you tell us which schools have offered you?
TK: Oakland, University of Detroit, and Toledo.
EM: Which schools show interest that haven’t yet offered:
TK: UM, MSU , Xavier, CMU, EMU, Notre Dame, Stanford, Arizona, Navy, and Milwaukee.
EM: Can you tell us a bit about your relationships with MSU/Coach Izzo and UM/Coach Beilein?
TK: I’ve talked with Coach Fife a few times, invited and attended MSU basketball and football games, and plan to visit in June. I’ve got to know Coach Beilein over the past year. He has a great knowledge for the game, has attended a few of my HS games, and I attended their elite camp last summer. I have also been invited and attended UM basketball and football games.
EM: What factors are important to you and your family when making your college decision?
TK: My college decision depends on the coaching staff, education, facilities, and who can best help me prepare for life as an adult.
2018 F Thomas Kithier has great post vision/moves. A workhorse, 15 foot & in & you can count it. Ball handling is above average for size!
— 1Nation Elite Sports (@1NationORG) April 11, 2016
16u 1Nation PF Thomas Kithier (Macomb Dakota 2018) is just way too big right now for FABE to handle: keeps the ball high on offensive glass.
— Prep Hoops Michigan (@PrepHoopsMI) April 10, 2016
IV. PERSONAL GOALS & ADVICE
EM: Any personal goals on or off the court?
BD: Win a state CHAMPIONSHIP, maintain my 3.48 GPA, and find a university that is a good fit for me.
EM: Last, if you could give the youth some advice on how to succeed either on or off the court, what would you say?
BD: Discover what you love and work hard. You will then be living a dream!
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