CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. – Croton-Harmon High School boys basketball star Ian Thom is The Cortlandt Daily Voice Athlete of the Month for January.
Thom became just the third player in school history to score 1,000 career points with a 31-point performance against Westlake on Jan. 14. He joined Greg Muller of the class of 2000 and Nick DiMaggio of the class of 2006.
But then, on Jan. 21, he surpassed DiMaggio and became the all-time scoring leader in Tigers history. He poured in 18 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter of that game against Horace Greeley and finished with 1,090 career points, three more than DiMaggio.
Quite a lot to accomplish in less than a month.
“It’s meant a lot. It’s been great to just play every day,” Thom said. “People take varsity basketball for granted, and to just go out there and play with my teammates and my dad (Tigers coach Bill Thom) and to be in recognition with those great players ahead of me in the assists and points club, it’s been awesome.”
Croton has been up and down this season but at times has shown it can be a dangerous team. Now in his senior season, Thom wants to push the Tigers as far as he can in the playoffs and through the Westchester County Center.
“(The goal is) to go win the gold ball, to get that Section 1 title and hopefully get to states,” Thom said. “Just to keep winning.”
Thom said he definitely wants to play in college and has garnered some interest from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and Bellarmine University, two Top 10 Division II schools. The Catholic University of America and Nazareth College, two of the Top 10 Division III schools, also have shown interest in Thom.
After that, Thom knows he wants to keep basketball in his life somehow and plans to explore playing overseas, coaching and officiating.