Don’t be surprised if sometime tonight during the A&M-LSU game you have to look down at your program to figure out who this guy is out on the floor for the Aggies.
It will be Don Thomas, a 6-foot transfer from Lee College via Spring High School.
Thomas, a lefty, has proven to be one of the most consistent shooters during practice from behind the 3-point so A&M coach Billy Kennedy plans on giving him a shot against the Tigers, who will likely come in playing a zone and will be difficult to get inside on with 6-9 Johnny O’Bryant III and 6-8 Jordan Mickey. Mickey is force inside defensively, leading the SEC in blocked shots (3.6 a game) He is also on track to break Shaquile O’Neal’s single season mark for blocked shots by a freshman at LSU.
It seems like a desperation move by Kennedy, playing someone who has been on the court for a total of 2 minutes this season and whose only stat is a turnover, but the Aggies (13-10, 4-6 SEC) have nothing to lose, since they are shooting 30 percent as a team from long range. Jamal Jones is at 35 percent and next best percentage is 31 by Jordan Green.
Kennedy is having to make the move because Fabyon Harris, who shot 45 percent from behind the arc last season, is only making 30 percent of his long-range jumpers this season.
The Aggies need someone to step up and make shots and at home against LSU, which has two of the shorter guards in the league, it’s probably the best time to give Thomas a try.
Thomas helped Lee College to its first appearance in the NJCAA National Tournament last season, averaging 7.0 points and 2.5 assists a game.