TaShawn Thomas

TaShawn Thomas (born February 27, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for the Perth Wildcats of the National Basketball League (NBL). He played college basketball for the University of Houston and the University of Oklahoma before playing professionally in Germany, Italy, Israel and France. In 2019, he was named the Israeli State Cup MVP and the Israeli League Defensive Player of the Year.

TaShawn Thomas
Perth Wildcats
PositionPower forward / Center
LeagueNBL
Personal information
Born (1993-02-27) February 27, 1993 (age 29)
Las Vegas, Nevada
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High schoolKilleen (Killeen, Texas)
College
NBA draft2015 / Undrafted
Playing career2015–present
Career history
2015–2016Mitteldeutscher BC
2016–2017Vanoli Cremona
2017–2018Hapoel Holon
2018–2021Hapoel Jerusalem
2021–2022Le Mans
2022–presentPerth Wildcats
Career highlights and awards

College careerEdit

A 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) forward from Las Vegas, Nevada, Thomas played three seasons at Houston. As a junior, he averaged 15.4 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. He opted to transfer to Oklahoma for his senior season.[1] As a senior, Thomas was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and a Third Team All-Big 12 selection. He scored in double figures 17 times and had 42 blocked shots, shooting 51.4 percent for the season.[2] In his senior year, he averaged 11.6 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.[3]

Professional careerEdit

Mitteldeutscher (2015–2016)Edit

After going undrafted in the 2015 NBA draft, Thomas played with the Orlando Magic in the Summer League.[3] On July 29, 2015, Thomas signed with the German club Mitteldeutscher BC.[4]

Vanoli Cremona (2016–2017)Edit

On June 26, 2016, Thomas joined the Los Angeles Clippers for the 2016 NBA Summer League.[5] On July 9, 2016, Thomas sign with the Italian club Vanoli Cremona.[6] On January 2, 2017, Thomas recorded a career-high 25 points, shooting 9-of-14 from the field, along with six rebounds and four blocks in an 85–71 win over Varese.[7]

Hapoel Holon (2017–2018)Edit

On July 19, 2017, Thomas signed with the Israeli team Hapoel Holon for the 2017–18 season.[8] Thomas helped Holon to win the 2018 Israeli State Cup, as well as reaching the 2018 Israeli League Final, where they eventually lost to Maccabi Tel Aviv. In 55 games played during the 2017–18 season (both in the Israeli League and the Champions League), Thomas averaged 10.8 points, 5 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.1 blocks per game.

Hapoel Jerusalem (2018–2021)Edit

On July 2, 2018, Thomas signed a two-year deal with Hapoel Jerusalem.[9] In September 2018, Thomas was suspended by the Israeli anti-doping agency for three months after he tested positive to Cannabis use during the Israeli League playoffs.[10] On February 14, 2019, Thomas recorded a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds, leading Jerusalem to win their fifth Israeli State Cup title after an 82–67 win over Maccabi Rishon LeZion. He was subsequently named the Final MVP.[11] On June 7, 2019, Thomas was named the Israeli League Best Defender.[12]

On June 24, 2019, Thomas signed a two-year contract extension with Jerusalem.[13] On January 7, 2020, Thomas recorded a season-high 23 points without missing a single shot as he went 10 of 10 from the field, along with six rebounds in an 83-74 win over Rasta Vechta. Three days later, he was named the Champions League Game Day 10 MVP.[14] Thomas re-signed with the team on August 12.[15] In October 2020, Thomas was named to the All-BCL First Team of the 2019–20 season.[16]

Le Mans (2021–2022)Edit

On July 19, 2021, Thomas signed a one-year deal with the French team Le Mans of the LNB Pro A.[17] He was named to the All-League First-Team after the regular season.[18]

Perth Wildcats (2022–present)Edit

On July 26, 2022, Thomas signed with the Perth Wildcats in Australia for the 2022–23 NBL season.[19]

Career statisticsEdit

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

CollegeEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2011–12 Houston 30 30 28.2 .577 .000 .542 8.2 1.1 .8 2.1 10.7
2012–13 Houston 33 33 32.5 .552 .111 .638 9.8 2.4 1.0 1.7 16.9
2013–14 Houston 33 33 31.6 .591 .167 .595 8.1 1.9 1.2 2.7 15.4
2014–15 Oklahoma 35 35 29.7 .519 .000 .691 6.5 1.5 .6 1.5 11.6
Career 131 131 30.5 .559 .100 .622 8.1 1.7 .9 2.0 13.7

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Aber, Ryan (July 7, 2014). "Oklahoma basketball: Houston transfer TaShawn Thomas finds a perfect fit at the school he never thought he'd attend". The Oklahoman. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  2. ^ "Sooners' Hield Leads All-Big 12 Men's Basketball Honors". Big 12 Conference. March 8, 2015. Retrieved May 17, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "OU's TaShawn Thomas will play with the Orlando Magic at Summer League". Tulsa World. June 29, 2015. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  4. ^ "MBC: firmato il rookie TaShawn Thomas". Sportando.com (in Italian). July 29, 2015. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  5. ^ "Summer League 2016: TaShawn Thomas to Join Clippers in Orlando". clipsnation.com. June 26, 2016. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  6. ^ "TaShawn Thomas è la nuova ala forte della Vanoli Basket". Vanoli Cremona (in Italian). July 9, 2016. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  7. ^ "OpenJobMetis Varese 71 at Vanoli Cremona 85". RealGM.com. January 2, 2017. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  8. ^ "זר ראשון לסגולים: טיישון תומאס". basket.co.il (in Hebrew). July 19, 2017. Retrieved July 19, 2017.
  9. ^ "מסגול לאדום: טיישון תומאס עולה לבירה". basket.co.il (in Hebrew). July 2, 2018. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  10. ^ "Richard Howell, TaShawn Thomas suspended by the Israeli anti-doping agency". eurohoops.net. September 2, 2018. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  11. ^ "הארון מתמלא: גביע חמישי להפועל י-ם!". basket.co.il (in Hebrew). February 14, 2019. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  12. ^ "גרשון תגלית העונה, תומאס שחקן ההגנה". basket.co.il (in Hebrew). June 7, 2019. Retrieved June 7, 2019.
  13. ^ "Tashawn Thomas extends with Hapoel Jerusalem". Sportando.basketball. June 24, 2019. Retrieved June 24, 2019.
  14. ^ "TaShawn Thomas claims MVP of the Week accolade". ChampionsLeague.basketball. January 10, 2020. Retrieved January 10, 2020.
  15. ^ "Tashawn Thomas officially stays in Jerusalem". Sportando. August 12, 2020. Retrieved August 12, 2020.
  16. ^ "Star Lineup revealed, Alocen Best Young Player". Basketball Champions League. September 29, 2020. Retrieved October 8, 2020.
  17. ^ "TaShawn Thomas, un premier de cordée pour la raquette". msb.fr (in French). July 19, 2021. Retrieved July 19, 2021.
  18. ^ "Trophées LNB : les lauréats en Betclic ELITE !". Betclic ELITE (in French). May 18, 2022. Retrieved June 26, 2022.
  19. ^ "Wildcats sign American forward TaShawn Thomas". Wildcats.com.au. July 26, 2022. Retrieved July 26, 2022.

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