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2   Brandon Thomas
Brandon Thomas

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
San Antonio, Texas

High School:
Converse Judson

Last College:
Long Island

Height / Weight:
6-6 / 200

Position:
G/F

Birthdate:
08/17/1984


FORD ON THOMAS: "I think you'll see improvement from Brandon Thomas. He was our top scorer on our preseason trip to the Bahamas (19.6 points per game). He can do so many things and plays so many positions. Last year we might have stretched him in asking him to play point guard, but he has been much more comfortable playing in the wing. He is somebody who can shoot the ball from the perimeter, he's long, he can defend, he can put the ball on the floor and score. So he's a guy who will see a lot of minutes on the court in a lot of different positions."

AS A SENIOR IN 2006-07:

• Team tri-captain with Rashaun Freeman and Stephane Lasme.
• Played in 32 of 33 games, starting four games: three in the middle of the season (vs. Temple (1/13), Xavier (1/18) and Duquesne (1/21) and Senior Night vs. La Salle (2/28).
• Averaging 4.0 points shooting 45.4 from the floor, playing 11.3 minutes per game.
• Third on the team in total 3-pointers with 21 on 49 attempts for 42.9 percent.
• Had combined 36 points (9.0 ppg) in four games (with double-figures three times) after not scoring for three games in a row from Feb. 28-March 13.
• Tallied 10 points for third game in row with double-figures vs. Saint Louis (3/8), making all four shots including two 3-pointers.
• At Saint Joseph's (3/3) poued in 11 points including a pair of 3-pointers to help UMass clinch A-10 Regular-Season crown.
• On Senior Night vs. La Salle (2/28), tallied 11 points for sixth game in double-figures his final year, also had three assists.
• Scored a season-high 12 points at Fordham (2/15) making 5-of-9 from the floor including two 3-pointers, also had season-best with five assists and four rebounds without a turnover in 17 minutes. It was his most points in a game in exactly one year as he had 13 points at George Washington on 2/15/06. His behind-the-back pass to a Stephane Lasme dunk was the No. 7 Play of the Day on SportsCenter that night.
• In his most playing time since Dec. 28, saw 15 minutes of action at Temple (2/11) and scored five points.
• Played is 100th career game against Duquesne (1/21), scored two points in a start in 11 minutes
• Came off the bench in the first 16 games, started last two games vs. Temple (1/13) and Xavier (1/18).
• Averaging 3.8 points shooting 42.3 from the floor, playing 12.5 minutes per game.
• Third on the team in total 3-pointers with 13 on 29 attempts for 44.8 percent.
• Had 59 points total in nine games (from Nov. 25-Jan. 2) after just nine points in the first five games of the season.
• Averaged 6.6 points per game in that nine-game span including four games with 10 or more points in that stretch.
• Has four double-figures this season, all in eight-game span from Nov. 25-Dec. 28.
.• Canned both of his 3-pointers for six points in five minutes vs. Miami (1/2).
• Scored season-best 11 points in 18 minutes off the bench vs. Yale (12/28).
• Hit a 3-pointer at Louisville (12/13), for his 700th career point.
• Scored eight points and had two rebounds in win over Central Connecticut State (12/9).
• Tied season-best with 10 points at Boston University to spark the Minutemen off the bench. Shot 3-for-6 from the floor, including 2-for-4 from behind the arc.
• Playing before friends and family at Savannah State (11/28), tallied 10 points and added three rebounds.
• Scored season-best 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting at jacksonville State (11/25), more than doubling his season total to date, as he had nine coming into the game.
• Against St. Francis, N.Y. (11/22), scored three points.
• Tallied first points of the season with pair of 3-pointers vs. Oakland (11/17).
• Came off the bench in opener and did not score vs. Dartmouth (11/11).

2006-07 GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS
Date	Opponent	G-GS	Min	FG-A	Pct	3FG-A	Pct	FT-A	Pct	O-D	Reb	PF	Ast	TO	Blk	Stl	Pts
11/11	DARTMOUTH	1-0	18	0-0	.000	0-0	.000	0-0	.000	0-0	0	1	0	3	0	0	0
11/17	vs. Oakland	1-0	17	2-5	.400	2-3	.667	0-1	.000	0-2	2	0	1	2	0	1	6
11/18	at Pitt	1-0	11	0-0	.000	0-0	.000	0-0	.000	0-1	1	0	0	0	1	0	0
11/19	vs. Northeastern	1-0	10	0-1	.000	0-0	.000	0-0	.000	0-1	1	1	2	1	0	0	0
11/22	ST. FRANCIS (N.Y.)	1-0	14	1-3	.333	1-2	.500	0-0	.000	1-0	1	1	1	1	0	0	3
11/25	at Jac St.	1-0	16	4-5	.800	2-3	.667	0-2	.000	0-1	1	3	1	2	0	2	10
11/28	at Savannah State	1-0	20	4-7	.571	1-2	.500	1-2	.500	0-3	3	1	1	2	0	2	10
12/2	BOSTON COLLEGE	1-0	6	0-1	.000	0-0	.000	1-2	.500	0-1	1	1	0	2	0	0	1
12/6	at Boston Univ.	1-0	18	3-6	.500	2-4	.500	2-2	1.000	0-2	2	2	0	1	0	0	10
12/9	vs. Central Conn.	1-0	19	2-6	.333	1-3	.333	3-4	.750	0-2	2	0	1	0	0	0	8
12/13	at Louisville	1-0	10	1-2	.500	1-1	1.000	0-0	.000	0-2	2	1	1	0	0	0	3
12/22	at Kentucky	1-0	12	0-1	.000	0-1	.000	0-0	.000	1-1	2	2	1	1	0	0	0
12/28	YALE		1-0	18	3-6	.500	1-2	.500	4-4	1.000	2-0	2	2	0	2	0	1	11
1/2	MIAMI (Fla.)	1-0	5	2-2	1.000	2-2	1.000	0-0	.000	0-1	1	0	0	0	0	0	6
1/6	at La Salle*	1-0	11	0-4	.000	0-3	.000	0-0	.000	0-0	0	1	1	0	0	0	0
1/10	GEO. WASHINGTON*	1-0	7	0-2	.000	0-2	.000	0-0	.000	0-0	0	1	0	0	0	0	0
1/13	TEMPLE*		1-1	10	0-1	.000	0-1	.000	0-0	.000	1-0	1	0	2	2	0	1	0
1/18	at Xavier*	1-1	3	0-0	.000	0-0	.000	0-0	.000	0-0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0
1/21	DUQUESNE*		1-1	11	1-3	.333	0-2	.000	0-0	.000	1-2	3	1	1	1	0	0	2
1/24	at Rhode Island*	1-0	5	0-1	.000	0-1	.000	0-0	.000	0-0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0
1/28	at Charlotte*	1-0	4	1-2	.500	0-0	.000	0-0	.000	0-1	1	1	0	1	0	0	2
2/3	RICHMOND*		DNP-CD
2/8	RHODE ISLAND*	1-0	2	0-0	.000	0-0	.000	2-2	1.000	0-0	0	0	0	0	0	0	2
2/11	at Temple*	1-0	15	1-4	.250	1-2	.500	2-2	1.000	0-2	2	0	2	0	0	0	5
2/15	at Fordham*	1-0	17	5-9	.556	2-5	.400	0-0	.000	2-2	4	1	5	0	0	1	12
2/18	at Dayton*	1-0	3	0-2	.000	0-1	.000	0-0	.000	0-1	1	1	0	0	0	0	0
2/21	ST. BONAVENTURE*	1-0	11	0-0	.000	0-0	.000	0-0	.000	0-1	1	0	0	2	0	0	0
2/24	SAINT LOUIS*	1-0	6	0-1	.000	0-1	.000	0-0	.000	0-0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0
2/28	LA SALLE*		1-1	24	5-9	.556	0-1	.000	1-1	1.000	1-1	2	1	3	3	0	0	11
3/3	at Saint Joseph's*	1-0	17	3-4	.750	2-3	.667	3-6	.500	0-0	0	0	3	1	0	1	11
3/8	vs. St Louis (A-10)	1-0	12	4-4	1.000	2-2	1.000	0-0	.000	0-0	0	2	0	2	0	0	10
3/13	ALABAMA (NIT)	1-0	6	1-3	.333	1-1	1.000	1-2	.500	0-0	0	0	0	1	0	1	4
3/15	at WV(NIT)	1-0	4	1-3	.333	0-1	.000	0-0	.000	0-0	0	0	0	1	0	0	2

AS A JUNIOR IN 2005-06:
Game-By-Game Statistics
Started first 13 games, at three different positions (small forward (twice), shooting guard (eight) and point guard (three). Returned to starting line-up on Feb. 12 for four games until Feb. 22. Came off bench for last five games ... Team's fifth-leading scorer with 6.0 points per game along with 2.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists ... In 17 games as a starter, scored 8.6 points per game and shot 47.0 percent from the floor. In 11 games off the bench, scored 2.1 points per game ... Over four games in starting line-up averaged 10.0 points from Feb. 12-22 ... Netted nine points vs. Charlotte (2/22) and eight points at St. Bonaventure (2/19) in starts ... Scored 13 points at No. 7/8 George Washington (2/15) including UMass' first seven points of the game ... Returned to starting line-up at two-guard at Florida State (2/12) and tallied 10 points for first game in double-figures since Jan. 7, spanning nine games ... Came off the bench for seven games (Jan. 18-Feb. 8) ... Had UMass' first field goal of the game in six of first 11 games of the season'... Started at point guard for second time (once at LIU in 2003) and had 10 points with four assists and no turnovers at Duquesne (1/7) ...Broke out of slump with 12 points at #11 Boston College (1/3), also played some point guard for first time at UMass ... In return to New York, where he played in first two years at LIU, scored 12 total points at the Panasonic Holiday Festival (12/27-28) ... Scored in double-figures for three games in a row (11/22-28), averaging 16.3 in that run ... Scored 14 of 15 points in the first half vs. Savannah State (11/28), also had five rebounds and six assists in 36-point win ... Scored a game-high 22 points vs. UAB (11/25) at Tip-Off Classic making 8-of-12 from the floor including 4-of-6 from three. Also had four assists, four steals and three rebounds. His mammoth dunk was the Big Y Play of the Week on Travis Ford Show (11/27) ... Tallied 12 points and added five rebounds at Davidson (11/22) for 17th career game in double-figures, first in UMass ... Scored first points of the season -- for his only points of the game -- against Hartford (11/18).

IN 2004-05: Attended San Fe Community College in Gainesville, Florida but did not play basketball, retaining two years of eligibility at UMass.

AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2003-04 (AT LONG ISLAND): Led the Blackbirds in scoring at 12.3 points per game ... Hauled down 3.7 rebounds per game playing in 26 games, starting 18 games ... From the floor, was one of the top shooters in the nation, making 51 percent of his shots (124-of-243) ... Had 14 double-figure scoring games including nine of the last 10 games of the season ... All four of his 20-point efforts came in the final eight games of the season including a career-high 30 against St. Francis (N.Y.) on Feb. 21, 2004 ... Named the MVP of the Battle of Brooklyn after that game as he made 12-of-17 field goals from the floor. ... Was the team's top scorer in 10 games during the campaign.

AS A FRESHMAN IN 2002-03 (AT LONG ISLAND): Averaged 6.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game ... started the final 23 games and played in 27 games overall for 673 minutes ... Shot 41.4 (65-of-157) from the floor ... Tallied a season-high 12 points on two occasions, at Belmont (12/29) and at Robert Morris (2/8).

BEFORE COLLEGE: Played at Converse Judson in San Antonio, Texas under coach Mike Wacker. ... Led his school to the best back-to-back seasons in school history, with a record of 61-11 from 2002-03 (25-3 in district) ... The Rockets advanced to the State 5A Elite Eight in 2001-02 and to the Final Four in 2000-01 with a 32-4 ledger ... As a senior, he was a team captain and led the greater San Antonio area in scoring, averaging 20.5 points per game and 6.8 rebounds per game ... Shot 63 percent from the floor ... A First Team All-Region and All-State selection ... Member of Super Team and 5A First team choice by the San Antonio Express/News ... Registered 21 points in leading his team to victory in the TABC All-Star Game ... As a junior, produced 16.6 points per game and 7.0 rebounds making 65 percent of his shots ... Named to the First Team All-Region as a junior.

PERSONAL: Brandon Omar Thomas ... Born on August 17, 1984 in Bitburg, Germany ... Son of Albert and Betty Thomas ... Father is a retired Military Chief Master Sargent who served for 28 years ... Brother of Andre, Jermaine, Raphael and Michelle ... Majoring in Business Management...Shoe size 13.

THOMAS' CAREER STATISTICS
Year		GP	GS	Min	Avg	FG	FGA	Pct	3FG	FGA	Pct	FT	FTA	Pct	Off	Def	Tot	Avg	PF	FO	Ast	TO	Blk	Stl	Pts	Avg
2002-03 LIU	27	23	674	25.0	65	157	.414	2	10	.200	29	54	.537	42	43	85	3.2	45	0	52	82	5	10	161	6.0
2003-04 LIU	26	18	749	28.8	124	243	.510	11	40	.275	61	105	.581	31	66	97	3.7	33	0	55	77	20	21	320	12.3
2005-06		28	17	610	21.8	60	145	.414	23	75	.307	26	47	.553	14	46	60	2.1	28	0	36	51	4	15	169	6.0
2006-07	32	4	362	11.3	44	97	.454	21	49	.429	20	30	.667	9	27	36	1.1	23	0	26	31	1	11	129	4.0
TOTAL	113	61	2495	22.1	293	652	.449	57	174	.328	136	235	.579	96	182	288	2.5	129	0	169	231	30	57	779	6.9 

Thomas' Career Highs Category # Opponent, Date Points 30 vs. St. Francis (N.Y.), 2/21/04 Field Goals 12 vs. St. Francis (N.Y.), 2/21/04 Field Goals Att. 19 at Qunnipiac, 3/1/04 Free Throws 9 at Monmouth, 2/19/04 Free Throw Att. 10 at Mt. St. Mary's, 2/5/04 Rebounds 12 at Monmouth, 2/19/04 Assists 7 vs. Sacred Heart, 2/14/04 Blocks 4 vs. Albany, 12/10/03 Steals 4 vs. Wagner, 2/12/04 4 vs. UAB, 11/25/05 Minutes 44 at Mt. St. Mary's, 2/5/04

Thomas' Miscellaneous Stats Category 05-06 Car. Last Time... Double-Figure Scoring 8 30 vs. Saint Louis, 3/8/07 30-plus points 0 1 St. Francis (N.Y.), 2/21/04 25-plus points 0 1 St. Francis (N.Y.), 2/21/04 20-plus points 0 5 vs. UAB, 11/25/05 10-plus rebounds 0 1 at Monmouth, 2/19/04 Double-Double 0 1 at Monmouth, 2/19/04

CAREER HONORS

MVP of the Battle of Brooklyn, Feb. 21, 2004

A FEW MINUTES WITH B.T.
Favorite Musical Artist: Miles Davis
Favorite Sports Movie: Hoop Dreams
Best Sporting Event Ever Attended: University of Texas Football Game
Favorite TV Show: Most Extreme (Animal Planet)
Favorite Sports Broadcaster: Stuart Scott
Favorite Pro Sports Teams: San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Cowboys
Favorite Athlete: Michael Jordan
Childhood Idol: David Robinson
Hobbies: Basketball, Basketball, Basketball
Team I'd Like to See Added to the Schedule: Florida Gators
Best Player I Ever Played With: Leonard Brown/Tiki Mayben
Toughest Place I Ever Played: George Washington
Magazine Cover I'd Like to Be On: GQ
My Biggest Fear: Drowning or Having Bad Credit
Most Famous Person Ever Met: Travis Ford
Person I'd Like to Have Dinner with: Rihanna
Favorite Web Site: YouTube.com
My Most Prized Possession: My Puppy
Place I'd Like to Visit: Africa
Best Moment at UMass: Going to the Bahamas with the team
My First Memory of Basketball: Watching my dad coach a military team as a child
My Most Memorable Moment in College Athletics: Playing against UConn on ESPN
If I Didn't Play College Basketball I Would Play: The piano
Who Had the Greatest Impact on My Life: My parents
Pre-game Rituals: Top Secret
Best Advice From a Coach: Don't think
One Thing I Wish I Were Better At: Knowing Politics
My Best Non-Athletic Talent: My writing
The Person I Would Choose to be Stranded on a Deserted Island with: My soul mate

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