Coryontez “Cory” Thomas is the state’s second-leading scorer, averaging 28.8 points in 15 games for Fairdale’s 6-9 team. (Brent Bach of Augusta is averaging 29.1.) The 6-foot-1, 178-pound shooting guard has scored 30 or more points in seven games, with a season high of 39 against East Jefferson (La.) in a holiday tournament. He and point guard Caleb Longacre (21.6 ppg.) probably give Fairdale the highest-scoring backcourt in Kentucky.
What was your mind-set going into this season?
I had a better team last year, but I knew I would play a bigger role this year. I’m shooting the ball more this year, and it’s hard sometimes. You just have to fight through it. I’ve been all right, but we’re not winning.
How do you see yourself playing alongside Caleb Longacre?
We’re different in certain ways. Caleb is more of an outside shooter. I take it to the basket more. We have a good team. The other players haven’t gotten their confidence yet.
What has been the most rewarding game for you this season?
I had 38 points (with only two 3-pointers) and 14 rebounds against Johnson Central. I hit six 3-pointers in my 39-point game. That’s the most threes I’ve hit in one game (he made five against Jeffersontown and Trinity).
How much basketball did you play this past summer?
I played for Quinn Chapel in AAU ball. We played all over the country: Los Angeles, the addias Super 64 tournament in Las Vegas, Myrtle Beach, Indianapolis and Alabama.
How do you spend your leisure time these days?
I watch basketball on TV all day. My favorite team is Louisville. My favorite player is Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat). I like his character, the way he motivates his team and his overall game.
If you had one wish for this season, what would it be?
I’d like to go to State and play in Rupp Arena.
If you don’t play pro ball, what are your plans?
Probably go to cooking school. I cook four- and five-course meals at home. I cook steak, chicken, macaroni, white rice, and I bake cakes. My favorite cake is strawberry, then a caramel cake. For breakfast sometimes, I make a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich.
— Bob White