TROY, Ala. – The Troy men’s basketball program and head coach Phil Cunningham announced the signing of Kevin Thomas on Thursday, adding the 6-foot-8, 205-pound Canadian to Cunningham’s first Troy signing class.
Thomas, an Ontario native, comes to Troy after playing the last two seasons at Palm Beach State in Lake Worth, Fla. Last season, Thomas averaged 9.1 points and 9.0 rebounds per game, helping lead the Panthers to a 29-3 overall record and a No.16 ranking in the final NJCAA Top 25.
“Kevin’s greatest strength as a player is his versatility,” Cunningham said. “He is long and athletic, and he can play multiple positions. Kevin is a high character young man who played for one of the top junior college programs in the country at Palm Beach.”
The Panthers climbed as high as No.2 in the national polls last season as Thomas earned first team All-Southern Conference honors for the second straight year. Thomas also added 2.2 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.4 blocks per game while shooting over 56.0 percent from the floor.
In 2011-12, his freshman season, Thomas averaged 8.7 points and 10.5 rebounds per game, the second highest rebounding average in Florida. In addition to finishing second in the FSCAA in rebounding, Thomas led the state in steals (2.9) and was second in blocks (2.3) while shooting over 62.0 percent from the floor.
Prior to his time at Palm Beach State, Thomas played for the Canadian Junior National Team at the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championships. Thomas’ squad won the bronze medal, finishing behind the United States and Brazil. Ten of the 12 members of that Canadian team went on to the play Division I college basketball.