Islander Player Returns to Homeland Oklahoma City to Join NBA

Published: June 27, 2017

Islander Player Returns to Homeland Oklahoma City to Join NBA

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – For the sixth time at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, the Islanders have a former player signing with a team in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Undaunted by not hearing his name among the 60 picks of the NBA Draft on Thursday night, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi standout Rashawn Thomas took the first step in his professional basketball career when his hometown team, Oklahoma City Thunder, offered Thomas a spot in their organization.

Rashawn is more than deserving of an opportunity to play in the NBA,” said Willis Wilson, head coach of the Island University’s men’s basketball team. “It’s a special time and a special situation for him. He really has put himself in a position for that opportunity. Sometimes it's a reflection of the numbers game and where do you fit in, but the great news is that he only needs one. The feedback has been very positive. Everyone that I've had an opportunity to speak with believes that Rashawn Thomas is NBA-caliber talent.”

Thomas joins John Jordan, Chris Daniels, Kevin Palmer, Michael Hicks and Justin Reynolds as former Islanders that have signed with an NBA organization.

Thomas was unstoppable during his senior season at the Island University. He ranked sixth in total points, fifth in field goals made and third in free throws made, aided by a school-record 14-for-14 performance. He rewrote the record books at A&M-Corpus Christi by amassing 18 different program bests. This includes career points (2,033), rebounds (961), blocks (217) and double-doubles (34).

Thomas finished his career averaging 16.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 119 steals per game, while shooting 54.6 percent. Thomas joined Tim Duncan as one of seven athletes since 1993 that averaged more than 19 points and 8.5 rebounds per game, while swatting 140 shots during his junior and senior seasons.

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