|Team: Texas Southern|
H: 6' 5"|
W: 190 lbs
(22 Years Old)
Current: SG |
High School: South Kent School
Hometown: Denver, CO
A player who has garnered a great deal of attention from an early age, Chris Thomas (#13 ESPN, #10 Scout, #5 Rivals) has bounced around quite a bit already despite being just a junior in high school. Thomas is an extremely talented prospect both physically and skill-wise whose main concerns lie with his off the court intangibles.
Standing 6-4 with a solid frame, Thomas is a good athlete who shows a fairly complete game for a player his age. He's a good ball-handler who can create his own shot in many different ways, thanks to his ability to change speeds and blow by his man with a terrific first step. He made some very creative passes in the two games we saw, demonstrating court vision and anticipation skills indicating he may be able to see some spot minutes at the point if needed.
Thomas is also a solid perimeter shooter, being particularly adept at knocking down catch and shoot jumpers. He's also capable of making pull-up jumpers, but is hampered at times by poor shot-selection and decision making, as its clear he doesn't have a great deal of experience operating in more organized settings.
That shows up most noticeably on the defensive end, where Thomas clearly lacks much in the ways of fundamentals. He gets out of his stance quickly and has a habit of swiping at the ball in an attempt to come up with steals. With that said, with his physical tools and anticipation skills, there's no reason why he can't develop into an excellent defender in time.
If Thomas can find a way to ease the concerns surrounding his character and continues to work on his skill-set, he appears to have an excellent future ahead of him.
Editor's Note: A previous version of this article stated that Thomas is the son of former NBA player Michael Ray Richardson. A family member of Thomas indicated to us that that is not accurate. We apologize for the error.