* Length (7-foot-2 wingspan)
* Has good ball skills (passer, handler)
* Great shot blocker
* Good jump hook over left shoulder
* Needs to make 15- to 17-foot jump shot consistently
* Can he defend NBA four men?
* Needs to get bigger and stronger
He's not that tall or thick, but Thomas is a long-armed, bouncy athlete who some believe will have a chance to earn a spot on an NBA roster. Thomas didn't hurt his cause a bit by having an impressive showing in the Portsmouth Invitational. With his ball skills and ability to block shots, Thomas could serve as a utility man who can make plays on both ends of the court. If he can learn to knock down medium-range jumpers, his stock will continue to rise.
Thomas led San Diego State in blocked shots, finished second in rebounding and scoring and third in assists. He earned second-team All-Mountain West Conference honors and was also chosen the MWC Player of the Week in late February after a two-game stretch against New Mexico and Air Force during which he averaged 21 points, 9.5 boards and 3.5 blocks.
11.4 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 2.2 apg, 2.0 tpg, 2.0 bpg, 30.4 mpg, .536 FG, .167 3PT, .642 FT
Thomas gave NBA scouts a taste of his well-rounded arsenal in his second game at Portsmouth when he came up with 11 points, seven rebounds, five assists, three steals and three blocked shots.
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What Insiders Say:
San Diego State coach Steve Fisher
"Malcolm is a great instinctive shot blocker."
Former San Diego State (now UNLV) assistant coach Justin Hutson
"He's long enough to play the four. He can play in the high-post area, too. He can really pass it up there. He can put it on the floor from up there."
What Outsiders Say:
Former Wyoming coach Steve McClain
"What he's got to do is have the motor that the kid from Morehead State [Kenneth Faried] has," McClain told the San Diego Union Tribune. "He's got to play so hard that someone gives him an opportunity, and then he’s got to show he can play on the perimeter. But I love him. I watched him all year because of my background in that league at Wyoming. And he was great."
Chris Dortch is the editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook.
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|Three-point field goals: 16-for-54 (.296).|
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|Three-point field goals: 2009-10, 2-for-5 (.400); 2010-11, 2-for-12 (.167). Totals: 4-for-17 (.235).|