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Omar Abdul Thomas (born February 27, 1982) is an American former professional basketball player.

Omar Thomas
Omar Thomas (2011).jpg
Personal information
Born (1982-02-27) February 27, 1982 (age 37)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight232 lb (105 kg)
Career information
High schoolStrawberry Mansion
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
College
NBA draft2005 / Undrafted
Playing career2005–2017
PositionShooting guard / Small forward
Career history
2005–2006Coca-Cola Tigers
2006Austin Toros
2006Club Deportivo Naco
2006–2008Basket Rimini Crabs
2008Élan Béarnais Pau-Orthez
2008–2009Solsonica Rieti
2009–2010New Basket Brindisi
2010–2011Air Avellino
2011–2012Crvena zvezda
2012–2013Krasnye Krylia
2013–2014Dinamo Sassari
2014–2015Basket Ferentino
2015Halcones Rojos Veracruz
2016VITA Tbilisi
2016Zenit Saint Petersburg
2016Vanoli Cremona
2016–2017Hoops Club
2017Náuticos de Mazatlán
Career highlights and awards

Early yearsEdit

Thomas was born in Philadelphia.

Having taken the first steps to Strawberry Mansion High School and at Panola Junior College (Texas), passes to the prestigious University of Texas El Paso (UTEP), taking leave in 2005 with figures of all respect.

Professional careerEdit

After the university, Thomas had a tryout with the Seattle SuperSonics but he did not sign contract. Then he goes to the Coca-Cola Tigers in the Philippines, and after one year he goes to NBA Development League (NBDL) with the Austin Toros. His career was continued in exotic destinations, the Dominican Republic with the jersey of Club Deportivo Naco.

In 2006, he was spotted by Giampiero Ticchi who brings him to play in Italy where his first team was Rimini where he played for two seasons. During the summer of 2008, he signed an agreement with the French club Pau-Orthez,[1] but was cut after three games. Then he go back in Italy and signed with Napoli, which debuted in Serie A. With Napoli he averaged 11.5 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. In July 2009, he signed with Brindisi of the Legadue Basket.[2] At the end of the season, he was named the Legadue MVP.[3]

On June 24, 2010, Thomas signed with Sidigas Avellino.[4] In the 2010–11 season, Thomas drag the club in playoff with the fourth place overall at the end of the regular season, and won the title of MVP of the Italian League regular season, with an average of 18.0 points and 6.2 rebounds.[5]

On 6 December 2011, the National Commission of Judges of the FIP has suspended the player for 16 months (until April 6, 2013) because he was charged with possession of false passports of Republic of Slovenia. However a few days later the player had the permission from FIBA to move to Crvena zvezda, as the disqualification of the Italian federation had no international effect.[6] While playing with Crvena zvezda he had a good season, leading his team to the final of the playoffs in the Serbian League and the final of Kup Radivoja Koraća where they lost both times to Partizan.

On July 12, 2013, Thomas signed with Dinamo Sassari for the 2013–14 season.[7] On August 23, 2014, he signed with FMC Ferentino of the Italian Serie A2 Basket for the 2014–15 season.[8]

In November 2015, he signed with Halcones Rojos Veracruz of the Mexican LNBP.[9] In late December 2015, he left Veracruz and signed with VITA Tbilisi of the VTB United League.[10] On March 1, 2016, he left Tbilisi and signed with Zenit Saint Petersburg for the rest of the season.[11]

On July 3, 2016, Thomas signed with Vanoli Cremona for the 2016–17 season.[12] On November 23, 2016, he parted ways with Cremona after appearing in six games.[13] In December 2016, he signed with Hoops Club.[14] In 2017, he played in Mexico with the Náuticos de Mazatlán of the Circuito de Baloncesto de la Costa del Pacífico (CIBACOPA).[15]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Pro A : Omar Thomas à Pau-Orthez (in French)
  2. ^ Omar Thomas in Brindisi
  3. ^ Omar Thomas MVP of the Italian LegaDue
  4. ^ Omar Thomas joins Air Avellino
  5. ^ Serie A, Omar Thomas named MVP
  6. ^ Omar Thomas signs in Serbia with Red Star
  7. ^ "Dinamo Sassari brings Omar Thomas back to Italy". Sportando.net. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
  8. ^ FMC Ferentino announces Omar Thomas
  9. ^ Omar Thomas signs with Halcones Rojos de Veracruz
  10. ^ BC Vita tabs Omar Thomas
  11. ^ Zenit Saint Petersburg signs Omar Thomas
  12. ^ Omar Thomas signs with Vanoli Cremona
  13. ^ "Vanoli Cremona, Omar Thomas part ways". Sportando.net. 23 November 2016. Retrieved 23 November 2016.
  14. ^ Omar Thomas (ex Vanoli CR) joins Hoops
  15. ^ Mazatlan signs Omar Thomas, ex Hoops

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