Danero Thomas

Danero Axel Thomas (born 8 April 1986) is an American-Icelandic basketball player who currently plays for Breiðablik in the Icelandic Úrvalsdeild karla. A naturalized Icelandic citizen, he debuted with the Icelandic national basketball team in 2018.[1]

Danero Thomas
Breiðablik
PositionForward
LeagueÚrvalsdeild karla
Personal information
Born (1986-04-08) April 8, 1986 (age 35)
New Orleans, Louisiana
NationalityAmerican / Icelandic
Listed height193 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Listed weight86 kg (190 lb)
Career information
High schoolMount Zion (Bastrop, Louisiana)
CollegeMurray State (2006–2010)
Playing career2010–present
Career history
2012KR
2012KR-b
2013–2014Hamar
2014Valur
2015Fjölnir
2015–2017Þór Akureyri
2017–2018ÍR
2018–2019Tindastóll
2019Hamar
2019–2021ÍR
2021–presentBreiðablik
Career highlights and awards

CollegeEdit

Thomas played college basketball for Murray State from 2006 to 2010.[2] On March 19, 2010, he scored a 15-foot fadeaway shot at the buzzer, giving 13th-seeded Murray State a 66-65 victory over fourth-seeded Vanderbilt in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament.[3]

Playing careerEdit

Thomas joined KR prior to the 2012–2013 Úrvalsdeild karla season but was released from his contract in November that year. In 7 regular season games, he averaged 11.1 points and 5 rebounds.[4]

Thomas joined Þór Akureyri in 2015 and helped them win the 1. deild karla in 2016 and gain promotion to Úrvalsdeild karla.[5] He left the club in January 2017,[6] after averaging 16.6 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.1 in thirteen games,[7] and joined ÍR.[8][9]

On March 25, 2018, Thomas scored the game winning and series clinching basket in game five of ÍR's first round playoffs series against Stjarnan.[10][11]

On May 8, 2018, Thomas signed with Tindastóll.[12] On 30 September, he won the Icelandic Super Cup after Tindastóll beat KR, 103-72.[13] During the regular season, Thomas averaged 13.2 points and 5.9 rebounds and played all 22 games. In the playoffs, he averaged 14.4 points and 7.4 rebounds but was unable to prevent the team from a heartbreaking loss against Þór Þorlákshöfn in the first round of the playoffs.[14]

In September 2019, Thomas signed with Hamar where he had previously played during the 2013–2014 season.[15] As he aspired to play for a bigger club, the contract included an escape clause that allowed him to leave the club with short notice.[16] Two months later, in November, Thomas left Hamar and signed ÍR. At the time of his departure, he was averaging 17.2 points and 6.0 rebounds for the unbeaten Hamar.[17]

In June 2021, Thomas signed with newly promoted Breiðablik.[18]

National team careerEdit

Thomas received an Icelandic citizenship in July 2018.[19] On 23 August 2018, Thomas was selected to the 24-man training camp of the Icelandic national basketball team prior to its upcoming games in the EuroBasket 2021 qualification.[20] On 1 September 2018, he was selected to the team for its upcoming games against Norway.[21] He played his first game for Iceland on 2 September, scoring 8 points in a 71-69 victory against Norway.[22][23]

Personal lifeEdit

Thomas is married to Fanney Lind Thomas, an Icelandic former professional basketball player and a former member of Icelandic national basketball team.[24] After receiving his Icelandic citizenship in 2018,[19] he took up the Icelandic middle name Axel.[25]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Kristinn Páll Teitsson (28 November 2018). "Gæti reynst erfitt að læra þjóðsönginn". Fréttablaðið (in Icelandic). Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Danero Thomas". goracers.com. Murray State University. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  3. ^ Witz, Billy (18 March 2010). "Murray State Beats Buzzer, and Vanderbilt". New York Times. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  4. ^ Eiríkur Stefán Ásgeirsson (21 November 2012). "Thomas farinn frá KR". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  5. ^ Óskar Ófeigur Jónsson (4 March 2016). "Þór frá Akureyri komið upp í Domino´s deild karla". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Danero Thomas á förum frá Þór?". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). 15 January 2017. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  7. ^ Óskar Ófeigur Jónsson (20 January 2017). "Benedikt Guðmunds: Danero Thomas hefur yfirgefið leikmannahópinn". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  8. ^ Ingvi Þór Sæmundsson (20 January 2017). "Danero Thomas í Breiðholtið". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Danero Thomas yfirgefur Þór fyrir ÍR". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). 20 January 2017. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  10. ^ Þór Símon Hafþórsson (25 March 2018). "Danero Thomas skaut ÍR í undanúrslit". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  11. ^ Óskar Ófeigur Jónsson (9 April 2018). "Þrír bestu leikir Danero á tímabilinu eru leikirnir þrír þar sem Ryan var í banni". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  12. ^ "Danero Thomas verður liðsmaður Tindastóls næsta tímabil". Feykir.is (in Icelandic). 8 May 2018. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  13. ^ Ástrós Ýr Eggertsdóttir (30 September 2018). "Umfjöllun og viðtöl: KR - Tindastóll 72-103 -Stólarnir völtuðu yfir KR og eru meistarar meistaranna". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 30 September 2018.
  14. ^ Axel Örn Sæmundsson (1 April 2019). "Umfjöllun og viðtöl: Tindastóll - Þór Þ. 93-94 - Ævintýraleg endurkoma Þórsara á Króknum". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  15. ^ Davíð Eldur (14 September 2019). "Danero Thomas í Hamar". Karfan.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  16. ^ Bjarni Helgason (13 November 2019). "Kippir sér ekki upp við neikvæða orðræðu". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic).
  17. ^ Davíð Eldur (10 November 2019). "Danero Thomas aftur til liðs við ÍR". Karfan.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  18. ^ Davíð Eldur (24 June 2021). "Danero Thomas í Kópavoginn". Karfan.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 25 June 2021.
  19. ^ a b Anton Ingi Leifsson (11 June 2018). "Pryor og Danero orðnir íslenskir ríkisborgarar". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 9 July 2018.
  20. ^ Ástrós Ýr Eggertsdóttir (23 August 2018). "Collin Pryor og Danero Thomas í æfingahóp landsliðsins". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  21. ^ Ástrós Ýr Eggertsdóttir (1 September 2018). "Thomas og Pryor gætu spilað fyrsta landsleikinn á morgun". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  22. ^ Anton Ingi Leifsson (2 September 2018). "Körfuboltalandsliðið 20 stigum undir í hálfleik en vann samt". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  23. ^ "National Team - Friendly" (PDF). basket.klubb.nif.no. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  24. ^ "Fanney og Danero hugsa vel um líkamann". Pressan (in Icelandic). 1 May 2016. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  25. ^ "Danero Thomas kominn með íslenskt nafn". karfan.is (in Icelandic). 3 July 2018. Retrieved 9 July 2018.

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