John Thomas played center for the Fontbonne basketball team from 2000-2003. During those three seasons, Thomas led the team in blocks and rebounds each year, led the nation in field goal percentage one year, earned D-III News Honorable Mention All-American honors and averaged at least 12 points a game.
In his sophomore year (his first at Fontbonne), Thomas averaged 16.2 points a game while shooting an amazing 70.4 percent from the field. Thomas led the nation with the highest field goal percentage. In that same season, John averaged 7.5 rebounds a game to lead the team and also recorded the most blocked shots on the team. John earned First-Team All-Conference honors.
In his junior year, John was second on the team in scoring averaging 17 points a game while shooting 67 percent from the field. He averaged nine rebounds a game to lead the team and the SLIAC in rebounding. He once again led the team in blocked shots. For the second straight year, John earned First-Team All-Conference honors
Prior to his senior year, John was named a D-III News Pre-season Honorable Mention All-American. During his senior year, Thomas averaged 12 points and 6.5 rebounds a game. He again led the team in blocks.
Thomas is one of 12 players in Fontbonne history to score more than 1,000 career points. At the time of induction he held school records for highest field goal percentage in a season, highest career field goal percentage (67.3 %), most blocked shots (162) and most rebounds in a game 23.
Thomas graduated from Fontbonne with a degree in business administration. He worked as an assistant coach for the Fontbonne basketball program and continued his education, graduating from Fontbonne with two master’s degrees; one in business and one in education.