Full Name: James
D. Thomas, Jr.
Height/Weight: 6-8 / 235
Birthdate: November 22, 1980 (Schenectady, NY)
High School: Hargrave Academy (Chatham, VA)
Participated in training camp with the San Antonio Spurs in 2004.
Career Highlights: Finished collegiate career as the all-time leading
rebounder in Texas history with 1,077 boards and 18th all-time in scoring with
1,149 career points. Became only the second player in school history to record
1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds. Posted 28 career double-doubles
(fifth in school history) and grabbed ten or more rebounds 41 times. Earned
Big 12 All-Defensive Team honors his sophomore and junior seasons. Participated
in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament in 2004, averaging 14.5 points and
Senior (2003-04): Averaged 5.5 points and 5.8 rebounds in 15.6 minutes
a contest. Started 18 of 33 games, battling injuries to his lower back and lower
body through most of the year. Led team in rebounding seven times, grabbing
a career-high 19 boards in the season opener against Brown. Pulled down 12 rebounds
in 19 minutes at Oklahoma. Scored in double figures twice with 13 points each
against Centenary and Oklahoma State. Tallied eight points, nine rebounds, and
four blocks at Baylor. Earned Honorable Mention All-Big 12 honors.
Junior (2002-03): Averaged 11.1 points and a league-high 11.0 rebounds
(tenth nationally). Started all 33 games. Was one of only two players in the
Big 12 (Lawrence Roberts of Mississippi State was the other) to average a double-double
for the season. Single-season total of 363 rebounds ranked third all-time in
Texas history. Set season highs of 21 points and 17 rebounds at Oklahoma State.
Registered 20 points and 12 rebounds at Arizona. Posted nine points and 13 rebounds
against Syracuse in the NCAA Tournament Final Four against Syracuse. Named Second
Team All-Big 12 by the league coaches and the media.
Sophomore (2001-02): Averaged 10.7 points and a team-high 8.9 rebounds.
Started 25 of 34 games. Season total of 302 rebounds ranked sixth all-time in
Texas history. Scored season-high 20 points and grabbed ten rebounds at Kansas
State. Led team with 17 points and 13 rebounds at Iowa State. Grabbed season-high
17 rebounds against Providence. Posted a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds
against Oregon in the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament. Named Third Team
All-Big 12 by the league coaches.
Freshman (2000-01): Averaged 7.0 points and 6.5 rebounds. Started 20
of 34 games. Posted season highs of 14 points and 14 rebounds against Southwest
Texas. Matched season-high in scoring with 14 points against Oklahoma. Posted
11 points and nine rebounds in collegiate debut against Navy. Earned Big 12
All-Freshman Team honors.
Personal: Majored in youth and community studies.