Versatile player with solid all-around skills ... Has the ability to play three positions ... One of the best offensive rebounders on the team, his long arms help him keep the ball alive ... Dependable on the defensive end of the floor.
1999-2000: Played in 34 games, starting the first 11 contests of the season ... Saw action in 14 Big Ten contests ... Opened the season as the starting point guard during Mateen Cleaves? injury ... Averaged 3.4 points, 3.6 assists and 3.0 rebounds as a starter ... Finished the season with 52 assists, fourth-best on the team ... Tied his career-high with 10 rebounds and scored eight points in 20 minutes against Penn State (2/23) ... Also scored eight points on 4-of-4 shooting against Northwestern (1/22) ... Scored seven points each against Oakland (12/18), Iowa (1/8) and Illinois (1/30) ... Recorded seven rebounds against Northwestern (1/27) and six boards against North Carolina (12/1) ... Dished out a career-best seven assists as MSU defeated North Carolina, 86-76, in Chapel Hill, N.C. ... Tallied five assists and four turnovers in the season opener against Toledo (11/22), his first career start at point guard ... Had an impressive performance against Eastern Michigan (12/4) with six assists and one turnover while also grabbing five rebounds ... Recorded four assists each against Texas (11/27), Howard (12/3), Kansas (12/7) and Oakland (12/18) ... Missed four games late in the season, including contests against Minnesota (3/2), Michigan (3/4), Iowa (3/10) and Wisconsin (3/11), with a stress fracture ... Returned from his injury to score two points and grab two rebounds in seven minutes against Illinois (3/12) in the Big Ten Tournament Championship game ... Notched three steals each against Kansas (12/7), Kentucky (12/23) and Iowa (1/8) ... Finished the season with 28 steals, fifth-best on the team.
1997-98: Earned his second varsity letter after playing in 24 games ... Started the team?s first seven games ... Was averaging 9.0 points and 7.8 rebounds through six contests before suffering a knee sprain against Detroit (12/13) that forced him out of action for three games ... Missed an additional three games following a sprained left knee ligament suffered at Illinois (2/12) ... 18-minute stint at Ohio State (2/4) was his longest for a Big Ten game and he posted seven points and five rebounds in that outing ... Had back-to-back efforts of six rebounds against Penn State (1/24) and Indiana (1/28) ... Tallied a career-high 12 points, along with five caroms, against Cleveland State (12/6) ... Played a career-high 33 minutes against Temple (12/4) and chalked up seven rebounds (second high on the team) ... Shot 50 percent or better from the field in 12 games ... Gained a spot on the Coca-Cola Spartan Classic All-Tournament Team after helping MSU to wins over Central Michigan and Gonzaga ... First career double-double came against Gonzaga (11/29) with 10 points and 10 rebounds (team high) ... Snared 10 rebounds vs. Central Michigan (11/28), tying him for team best ... Hit 5-of-6 field-goal attempts and finished with 10 points vs. Illinois-Chicago (11/21) ... Toured with the Big Ten All-Star Team in August of ?97, averaging 9.8 points and 5.1 rebounds over six games. 1996-97: Lettered as a true freshman after seeing action in 23 games, three as a starter ... Averaged 8.6 minutes per outing while scoring in nine games and grabbing rebounds in 19 ... Four rebounds in 11 minutes vs. Northwestern (2/19) ... Longest playing stint in league action was a 15-minute effort at Michigan (2/1) ... Two of his three starts came in Big Ten action (at Penn State, 1/15 & at Michigan, 2/1) ... Played a season-high 17 minutes vs. Illinois-Chicago (12/5) and hauled down a season-best seven boards (four offensive) and four steals ... First career start took place against Cleveland State (12/3).
HIGH SCHOOL: Averaged 18 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists per game in ?95-96 at Notre Dame in Brampton, Ontario, for Coach Dario Pretto ... Helped his team to a 34-7 record his final year which included league and provincial Catholic championships ... Shared team MVP honors ... Member of the Metro Toronto Dream Team ... First-team selection on league and region teams ... Ranked as the No. 5 international player by analyst Bob Gibbons ... Attended Hart Lake High School through grade 12, then attended Notre Dame using his option for a grade 13.
PERSONAL: Born Dec. 4, 1976 ... Son of Roy and Linda Thomas ... Majors in advertising.
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