|Sport(s) Played:||Men's Basketball|
Willie Thomas came to North Georgia in the fall of 1980 as one of the finest men’s basketball prospects the Saints had ever recruited. The eye that spotted the talent introduced Thomas, as former coach and fellow Hall of Famer Bill Ensley told stories of how he recruited one of the best players in school history.
During his stellar four-year career, Thomas appeared in 122 games while scoring 1,976 points, grabbing 1,038 rebounds and making 822 field goals. When he left North Georgia, he held the single season record for field goal percentage at .645. Thomas is also second in school history in rebounds in a single season with 317.
During his tenure in Dahlonega, Thomas led the Saints to the NAIA National Tournament twice, received Second-Team NAIA All-American honors and was named the College Player of the Year in the State of Georgia.