Year Inducted: 1988
Schools / Organizations: (Maywood) Proviso East High School
North Park College
Biography: Michael Thomas didn’t quit after an outstanding high school career under Hall of Fame Coach Glenn Wittenberg at (Maywood) Proviso East High School. In fact, he really got it started. During Thomas’ four seasons at North Park College, Thomas helped rewrite the school’s basketball record book. The Vikings won three straight NCAA III championships in his first three years, with records of 29-2, 26-5 and 28-3. As a senior play-making guard Thomas was named first team All-America on every NCAA Division III team selected. Thomas finished as the Vikings’ all-time leading scorer with 2,085 points. As a senior, Thomas was named “Most Outstanding” player in the CCIW. He set the all-time state assist record for a career of 701. Thomas also holds the North Park record for career steals of 257. He set the all-time NCAA Division III Tournament career scoring record with 343 points. In 1981, Thomas was the first Division III collegian drafted by the NBA going to the Philadelphia 76ers in the sixth round.