Shaq Thomas

RCSI: 96 (2011)
Height: 6'7" (201 cm)
Weight: 210 lbs (95 kg)
Position: SF
High School: NIA Prep (New Jersey)
Hometown: Paterson, NJ
College: Cincinnati
Current Team: Nasty Nati
Win - Loss: 3 - 1


2010 National Prep Showcase: Best of the Rest

Jonathan Givony
Jonathan Givony
Joseph Treutlein
Joseph Treutlein
Nov 28, 2010, 07:44 pm
Joseph Treutlein

The nephew of former NBA player Tim Thomas, Shaq Thomas (#97 Scout, #132 Rivals, #93 ESPN) is a smooth and long athlete with a solid developing skill set, though still appears a ways away from putting it together.

Thomas does most of his damage offensively operating from the mid-range area where he shows a comfortable handle and good instincts in finding open space, mixing in crossovers and turnaround jumpers to get open. He shows the ability to hit a lot of tough, contested shots in the 10-15 foot range, though his shot selection definitely leaves something to be desired, and his deep range is not consistent.

While Thomas will occasionally have an impressive athletic dunk on an open cut to the basket, he is not a physically assertive player, preferring to operate with finesse and not seeking out contact with his slight frame. Defensively, things are worse, where Thomas is frequently lackadaisical in his efforts, letting his man beat him in isolation or not boxing out for rebounds, playing nowhere near his potential.

Looking forward, Thomas has some intriguing physical tools and flashes of potent skills, but his approach to the game is holding him back from reaching his potential, though he still has plenty of time to get things together.

2009 National Prep Showcase: Best of the Rest

Jonathan Givony
Jonathan Givony
Joseph Treutlein
Joseph Treutlein
Nov 25, 2009, 02:52 pm
Joseph Treutlein

Shaquille Thomas (Unranked Scout, #77 Rivals, Unranked ESPN), nephew of NBA player Tim Thomas, has some great raw tools, being a long, smooth, and athletic wing who appears to have some good natural ability as well. He's very skinny right now, and doesn't have the biggest frame, but he does look like he'll be able to add more strength as he develops.

Thomas shows flashes of a lot of offensive skills, be it pull-up jumpers with range to the three point line, finesse moves in the post, or dribble-drive moves in isolation, but his biggest problem right now is he can often disappear for about 10 minutes at a time, just going through the motions and not looking to put his stamp on the game. The fact that his team lacks much size, forcing him to play in the pivot very often, where he doesn't really have the skills or size to do much damage, definitely doesn't help matters, but Thomas' lack of assertiveness is still largely concerning.

He did still have some good plays on the weekend, however, being able to elevate around the rim and finish, getting out ahead in transition, and making some good individual moves on occasion as well. Unsurprisingly, he struggles with contact as of now, not really having the strength to power through defenders, and he also doesn't seem to react very well to double teams, especially when posting up.

Looking forward, this is clearly a player with a lot of raw potential, but given his casual demeanor on the court a lot of the time, and his unpolished game, it's really hard to say anything definitive about his long-term potential, though he's clearly someone we'll be paying attention to in college as he develops.

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