With the 2017 NBA Draft set to take place this Thursday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the Portland Trail Blazers are hosting Oregon forward Jordan Bell, Kansas State guard Wesley Iwundu, Žalgiris Kaunas forward Isaiah Hartenstein, North Carolina forward Justin Jackson, Cal forward Ivan Rabb and University of New Orleans guard Erik Thomas for their sixth and final pre-draft workout.
Position: ForwardHeight/Weight: 6-5 / 215Birthdate: January 16, 1995 (Entre Rios, Argentina)High School: West Chapel HS (West Chapel, Florida) College: University of New Orleans
Career Notes: Four-year collegiate letterman – one at East Georgia State College, one at Baton Rouge Community College and two at New Orleans – playing 118 career games with 70 starts…tallied career totals of 1,581 points (13.4 ppg), 873 rebounds (7.4 rpg), 214 assists (1.8 apg), 128 steals (1.1 spg) and 48 blocked shots (0.4 bpg)…shot 56.0 percent from the field (561-of-1001), 22.2 percent from beyond the 3-point arc (10-of-45) and 73.6 percent from the free throw line (449-of-610)…in UNO career history, ranks third in field goal percentage (.576), sixth in offensive rebounds per game (2.8), eighth in defensive rebounds per game (4.6), 13th in points per game (15.7) and offensive rebounds (172), 16th in total rebounds per game (7.4), 17th in free throws made (259), 19th in defensive rebounds (278) and free throw attempts (345), 22nd in steals per game (1.2), 24th in free throw percentage (.751) and tied for 24th in field goals made (347)…in Privateer single-season history, ranks fourth in field goal percentage (.588), seventh in free throws made (166), ninth in points scored (616), 10th in free throw attempts (212), 11th in field goals made (223) and minutes played (1043), tied for 11th in offensive rebounds (95), 12th in defensive rebounds (155), tied for 13th in offensive rebounds per game (3.0), 19th in points per game (19.3), field goal percentage (.588), total rebounds (250) and defensive rebounds per game (4.8), tied for 19th in steals (47) and 23rd in field goal attempts (379) for his efforts as a senior in 2016-17 while sitting 19th in offensive rebounds per game (2.7) and tied for 21st in offensive rebounds (77) during his junior campaign in 2015-16. 2016-17: Saw action in all 32 games with 29 starts as a senior…named honorable-mention Associated Press All-American, first-team National Association of Basketball Coaches All-Region 23 and third-team College Sports Madness All-Mid Major while garnering Player of the Year honors by the Southland Conference, Louisiana Sports Writers Association and Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches to go with first-team all-conference and all-state recognition after leading the team in points scored (616), points per game (19.3), rebounds (250), rebounds per game (7.8), field goals made (223), field goal percentage (.588), free throws made (166), free throw percentage (.783), minutes played (1043) and minutes per game (32.6)…also ranked tied for second on the squad in steals (47), fourth in assists (73) and blocked shots (11), and tied for fourth in 3-point baskets (4)…ranked second in the SLC in field goal percentage (.588) and offensive rebounds per game (3.0), third in points per game (19.3), fifth in total rebounds per game (7.8), eighth in free throw percentage (.783), 10th in minutes per game (32.6), 11th in defensive rebounds per game (4.8) and tied for 13th in steals per game (1.5)…sat 25th nationally in field goal percentage, 52nd in offensive rebounds per game, 55th in points per game, 120th in total rebounds per game, 171st in steals per game, 221st in defensive rebounds per game and 222nd in free throw percentage…scored in double figures in all 32 games with 15 20-plus point contests, including a career-high 31 vs LaGrange (11/11)…completed 11 point/rebound double-doubles to go with 18 multiple-assist, 17 multiple-steal and three multiple-block contests…tied career-high marks with six assists vs Stephen F. Austin (2/23) and Southeastern Louisiana (3/2), and four steals at Abilene Christian (2/1)…logged a season-best 13 rebounds vs Central Arkansas (2/18) and two blocks vs Florida College (11/25), vs Louisiana-Lafayette (12/17) and at Southeastern Louisiana (2/23)…named SLC Tournament MVP after averaging 16.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 0.5 blocks and 0.5 steals during the Privateers’ march to the title…garnered Allstate Sugar Bowl Greater New Orleans Amateur Athlete of the Month in March after averaging 15.0 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.6 blocks per game while shooting .472 from the field (26-of-55) and 88.5 from the free throw line (23-of-26) in five contests…tabbed SLC Player of the Wek on Dec. 5 after averaging 17.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steals while shooting .600 from the field (12-of-20) and .786 from the charity stripe (11-of-14) in a pair of UNO wins…played at least 30 minutes on 24 occasions with a career-high tying 43-minute effort vs Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the SLC title game (3/11). 2015-16: Played in 29 games with 15 starts as a junior…led the team in rebounds (200), rebounds per game (6.9) and field goal percentage (.556) while ranking second in points (341), points per game (11.8) and field goals made (124), third in assists (44), free throws made (93), minutes played (662) and minutes per game (22.8), fourth in blocked shots (13), fifth in free throw percentage (.699) and tied for fifth in steals (26)…finished second in the Southland Conference in offensive rebounds per game (2.7), third in total rebounds per game, sixth in field goal percentage and 12th in defensive rebounds per game (4.2)…scored in double figures 20 times, pulled down 10-plus rebounds six times and posted five double-doubles to go with 13 multiple-assist, six multiple-steal and one multiple-block outings…most complete game came at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (1/23) when he tallied season-high totals of 18 points,18 rebounds, three steals and two blocks…also had season-high marks four assists vs Central Arkansas (1/25), three steals at UMass (12/16), 18 points at Northwestern State (2/20) and vs Northwestern State (3/5)…played at least 20 minutes 22 times with a season-long 33-minute effort vs Southeastern Louisiana (3/3). Prior To UNO: Two-year college letterman, playing at East Georgia State College for coach Leroy Jordan as a freshman before transferring to Baton Rouge Community College and coach Ricky Wilson as a sophomore…helped lead his teams to a combined 26 wins, including a 15-13 mark and a trip to the Region 23 Tournament at BRCC…played in 28 games with 25 starts as a sophomore, claiming Louisiana Junior College Association Player of the Year and first-team All-Region 23 honors after leading the Bears in points (500), points per game (17.9), rebounds (292), rebounds per game (10.4), field goals made (169), free throws made (156), blocked shots (22), minutes played (790) and minutes per game (28.2)…finished second on the team in field goal percentage (.549) and steals (33), fourth in assists (50) and fifth in free throw percentage (.739)…scored in double figures 26 times with a dozen 20-plus point effort to go with 17 point/rebound double-doubles…posted career-high marks with 20 rebounds and six assists to go with a season-best 28 points at Southern-Shreveport (2/26/15)…added a season-high four steals vs Pearl River (11/20/14) and two blocks on four occasions…as a freshman at EGSC, saw action in 29 games with one start…ranked third on the team in rebounds (131) and fourth in both rebounds per game (4.5) and field goal percentage (.495) while posting 124 point (4.3 ppg), 22 steals, 12 assists and a pair of blocked shots…scored in double figures three times, including a season-best 19 vs Central Georgia Tech (2/19/14) and tallied a double-double with 12 points and a season-high 11 rebounds vs South Georgia (2/10/14)…added a season-best three assists in the game vs South Georgia and tallied five multiple-steal contests. High School: Four-year letterman at Wesley Chapel High for coach Doug Greseth…helped lead the Wildcats to a combined 74-38 overall record, a 37-17 mark in district play and berths in the playoffs each year, including identical 24-5 marks with District 8-5A titles as a junior and senior to go with four trips to the regional quarterfinals…set school career records with 2,138 points (19.8 ppg) and 1,203 rebounds (11.1 rpg) to go with, 339 assists (3.14 apg), 230 steals (2.13 spg) and 153 blocked shots (1.42 bpg)…named first-team All-Sunshine Athletic Conference all four seasons, first-team All-North Suncoast County in each of his final three prep seasons and SAC Player of the Year as a junior and senior…tabbed first-team all-state, first-team All-Suncoast, Florida Dairy Farmer’s 5A Player of the Year, North Suncoast Player of the Year and All-Laker/Lutz News Player of the Year as a senior after posting 948 points (32.7 ppg), 474 rebounds (16.3 ppg), 100 assists (3.45 apg), 85 steals (2.93 spg) and 43 blocks (1.48 bpg)…had 27 double-doubles in 29 games and scored at least 21 points each outing, including five games of 40-plus points…was a finalist for state’s Mr. Basketball award and was selected to participate in the 2013 Florida Athletic Coaches Association All-Star Game…claimed honorable-mention All-Sun Coast as a junior after posting 629 points (21.7 ppg), 409 rebounds (14.1 rpg), 133 assists (4.59 apg), 85 steals (2.93 spg) and 83 blocks (2.86 bpg)…added 395 points, 220 rebounds, 75 assists, 52 steals and 21 blocks as a sophomore before posting 166 points, 100 rebounds, 41 assists, six steals and six blocks as a freshman…played three years at the club level, suiting up for Florida Select in 2011, the Bay Area Hurricanes in 2012 and LA4 Legacy in 2013…also spent part of 2012 with the Argentina Junior Olympic National Team…off the court, was a member of the Honor Roll. Personal: Born Erik Thomas on Jan. 16, 1995, in Entre Rios, Argentina…son of James and Fabiana Thomas…has one brother, James, and two sisters: Sthefany and Syesha…comes from a very athletic family as father, James, played basketball at Arizona State and professionally in both Europe and South America, mother, Fabiana, played volleyball and basketball for various clubs throughout South America, sister, Sthefany, played basketball at Clemson, as a member of the Argentinian National Team and internationally as a professional, sister, Sysesha, played basketball at Oregon State, and brother, James, played basketball at the junior college and professional levels…completed his degree in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in business in May 2017.