The Christian Brothers Academy standout, from East Greenbush, New York was headed to Dayton University in hopes of walking on to the team.
But Akron, (a Division I program) began following him while he played this summer for the New York Grays (out of NY City) and immediately like what they saw.
"There were a number of colleges watching us play. It was a little crazy to see all the coaches come together to watch. There were coaches from West Virginia, Cincinnati and Kent State that showed initial interest in me," said the 18-year old first baseman for CBA. "However, it was relieving to have Akron approach me and have the most interest in my because it was one of the campuses I had visited last year and have a close friend attending there. I knew it was a place I liked."
DeThomasis garnered many accolades this season as a senior including being named to the First Team Big 10 (Conference) All-Star Team, First Team Section II (Capital District Region) All-Star team and to the Fifth Team of the All-State All-Stars team.
DeThomasis batted .471, had a .657 slugging percentage and .553 batting average his senior season at CBA, yet he never was offered a scholarship to play college despite his impressive stats.
"Because I had not picked up an offer during the school year, I chose Dayton." Dethomasis said. "I spoke to the coach who informed me that I would have to try and walk on there. Although I had figured that, I hated the uncertainty of making the team or not. From there my travel team coaches reached out to a couple of D II and D III schools to see what they had but nothing really came up. "
Just after a few games with the Grays, DeThomasis made an impression on Coach Rembialak at Akron. It was amazed Rebialak that DeThomasis was still available so late in the reciting process."
In 26 games played for the Grays so far this summer, DeThomasis has gone 35-for-75, with five doubles, a triple while driving in 16 runs. He has a .458 on-base percentage and .494 slugging percentage.
DeThomasis heads to Akron August 21.
"I'm just looking forward to getting into the routine of handling college baseball and school work and all else that college will bring," DeThomasis said. "I've always been good at getting into a routine and staying with it. That should help be make the adjustment to college life a lot easier."