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Devon Thomas Makes His Pick

Devon Thomas, a 5’11 guard from Silver Springs, MD who runs the show for Kimball Union Academy (NH), gave a verbal pledge to Missouri State.

Devon Thomas possesses terrific basketball IQ and a toughness approach to the game that’s needed for a player who stands at 5 feet – 11 inches. High major schools such as Pitt,Virginia, Maryland and Duke have all expressed interest in the lead guard after a great showing during the July evaluation period playing with Metro Boston. But dinstead of waiting it out and potentially landing a big time offer, Thomas knew the time to commit was now.

“The coaches love me. They talk highly of me and only want the best for me. Coach Lust and I had a good talk about how he is going to utilize me and play me to my strengths,” Thomas said.

Goals already have been put in place by Thomas, in terms of what he wants to see happen with the Missouri State program when he arrives on campus.

 “Next year I plan on helping my team make it to NCAA tournament and possibly win it. They haven’t made it there in 13 years. So that would be a great accomplishment to achieve as a freshman,” Thomas said.

 Just because Thomas is regarded as a Division 1 player, he still knows that there’s room for improvement before heading to the next level in his career.

“Also I need to work on everything. Every aspect of my game could use improvement. Nothing is perfect. And that is one thing that Coach mo, the metro Boston family and Beyond Belief, and KUA had taught me.”

Thomas joins a recruiting class that includes: 6’10 Tyler McCullough and 6’1 Austin Ruder, who will be looked at as the core group for the future of the Bears program.


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Metro Boston Come Home With Hardware

Metro Boston won the bronze bracket of the Super Showcase by beating Connecticut Select and Virginia Assault to get to the bronze final.  Beat out Queen City Prophets 61-51 to clinch the title.

Metro Boston was lead by Devon Thomas who has seen his recruitment blow up in the past couple months.

“Devon Thomas, of Kimball Union Academy continued to lead this team vocally and with his play.” says Coach Didier of Metro.

Thomas is starting to receive high major attention from across the country. As of late the 5’10 point guard is fielding calls from Pac-12 schools.

After the Showcase Metro went right into AAU Nationals pool play a day later. They were able to clinch pool play with a 3-0 record and earned a spot to move onto the championship bracket.  Metro’s 9 game winning streak would come to an end when they fall to NJ Roadrunners in the 2nd round of bracket play.  

“We did not let that discourage us as we were able to win our last game of the tournament against the D12 Warriors 88-72. ” says Coach Didier.

Thomas wasn’t the only bright spot for Metro Boston.

“Greg Senat of Marianapolis Prep showed that he can defend the paint.” coach goes on to say,  “He uses his size and hustle to wrestle with other bigs and to be in the best position to help defensively. ”

Congratulations to Metro Boston on a good run down in Orlando


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Coaches Come Calling Thomas

Devon Thomas is a 5’11 guard from Silver Springs, MD who runs the show for Kimball Union Academy(NH) during the school year and Metro Boston on the AAU circuit. Thomas is not a well known player in the classof 2013 outside of New England but all thats starting to change.

Thomas who holds one Division 1 scholarship offer at this time from Bryant University has recently seen his recruitment pick up steam. Devon is receing intere from A-10, America East, Ivy and NEC schools. High major schools such as Pitt,Virginia, Maryland and Duke have all expressed interest in the lead guard as of late. But for Thomas he knows that this is only the beginning.

“I’m so proud of all the attention i’m getting, it is a big surprise to me” said a humble Thomas.

“Well my plans to get better are to continue working hard on the court, put up a lot of shots to make my jump shot consistent,” said the All NEPSACC AA Honorable Mention player. “I workout everyday with my mentor Shawn Thompson and do conditioning on my own every other day.”

Being a lightning quick guard in the open court makes it hard for defenders to contain Thomas. “My greatest strength will have to be my speed with the ball, my weakness will have to be my pull up jump shot”

During the 2nd leg of the AAU season big things are expected from Thomas.

“Devon is a great leader, plays with high energy and elevates his teammates,” said Metro Boston Coach Didier Dinh.”Expect a breakout summer from him and will lead our team beyon expectations.”

Metro Boston has seen its fair share of guard come through the program and how does Devon measure to those before him.

“Coach Oscar Lopez often compare him to one of our former point guard at Uconn, Shabazz Napier” said Program Director and Head Coach Mo Vasquez “The only difference is his jumpshot is not as good as Shabazz but is real good for a point guard.”

 Coach Vasquez goes on to add “He is a great leader, teammate and a winner.”

Thomas credits his family for helping him get to this point

“Im just thankful for everything and i just want to thank my parents and the people who helped me become the basketball player i am today.”

We’ll be following up with this story as Devon’s recruitment continues to Blossom


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Friday 12/2/2011 Game Recap

South Kent vs Worcester Academy, on paper you would think form the big name roster would scare Worcester away, wrong they challenged South Kent from the tip.  Chris Thomas caught fire early and didnt look back he finished with 22 points, Ricardo Ledo followed with 17 points and 9 rebounds.  Worcester was lead by the sharp shooting of Matt Cimino finished with 6 three pointers and a game high 24 points, Cimino had 4G reception as he knocked them down from all over, Rene Castro chipped in with 12 points and 8 assist.  South Kent proved to be to much down the stretch as the pulled out the win 84 -75

 

New Hampton played there first home game today in front of a packed student body, as the faced a tough Winchendon school.  The game was all it was hyped up to be as Winchendon’ s Akosa Maduegbunam kept his team in the game as he got hot from the outside.  But Winchendon ended up losing to New Hampton. Zach Auguste led the scoring load for NHS with  17 pts,  Evan Manning with 15 pts, Jared Terrell 15 pts, Mike Auger 12 pts,  Noah Vonleh 7 pts and 15 Rebs. Oliver Hanlan currently still on the injured list.   New Hampton 79 Winchendon 69

 

KUA defeats Master’s School tonight 67-43. “Cats jumped out to leads of 8-0, 12-3. 18-4 and, eventually 32-8 in the first half. A quick Master’s spurt just before half trimmed the lead to 34-15 going into the break. Master’s never got closer than 17 points in the second half. Jesse Chuku and Malik Abdul-Abu paced KUA scoring with 17 points each while Devon Thomas chipped in 15 points and five assists. Chuku earned a double-double by adding 11 rebounds.

 

 

Vermont Academy defeats Putnam Science Academy 65-59 the game was a battle from start to finish,  Dominic Woodson made his presence felt bulling his way to easy baskets whenever he felt like it he finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds.   Putnam Science came with half of the international student body who cheered the entire game, at some points in the game making it tough on coach Bopp to communicate with his players. Vermont  was led  Shaun Lawton 19 points, 5 assists he has the tools to make an impact at the next level, this is our first look at Lawton he will certainly move up in ranking.