It has been a few months since seeing 2022 Lebron Thomas in action but we got an up-close viewing once again at the Phenom Challenge of his game and he did not disappoint. Thomas has been regarded as one of the better guards in his class for South Carolina and he gave us multiple reasons why that shouldn’t be changing any time soon.
Thomas was absolutely dominant on the court and he only showed that he has grown and has been improving his body to prepare for the future. This past season for Trinity Collegiate, Thomas posted nightly averages of 17.4 points, five assists, and five rebounds per game, and playing with FIBA 2022, he looks to be one of the go-to players once again.
Khalil Shakir, an assistant coach at Trinity Collegiate, describes his game best, as he had this to say:
“Lebron Thomas of FIBA 17U has continued to improve his game and is worth mentioning as one of the best guards in the SC 2022 class. He has the unique ability to use a combination of speed and athleticism to be unstoppable in transition. His ability to attack the rim relentlessly and finish through contact is very impressive. Not only does he get to the rim, but he has also shown tremendous improvement with his shooting from three as he shot a quality percentage this weekend. Scoring aside, his court vision and ability to find open teammates is an underrated skill that you see watching him play. He was clearly one of the best players at the tournament this weekend.”
Jeff Bendel had this to say after watching him on multiple occasions that same weekend:
“t should really come as no surprise given FIBA’s showings over the last few years, but LeBron Thomas continues to stand out as a leader for this group. While his foundation has been predicated on being a playmaker, he showcased the ability to score the ball in a wide variety of ways. Thomas offered his normal number of crafty moves at the point of attack to break down his man, touch the paint, and finish strong or make a quality pass to an open teammate. He handles the ball with poise, sets up others at a pretty high rate, and scores effectively from all levels. Additionally, Thomas is among the better defensive point guards in South Carolina. His combination of IQ, quickness, and anticipation leads to a ton of forced turnovers and easy buckets in transition. Thomas is also an exceptional rebounder for his position. He checks a lot of the boxes for college coaches and should remain a priority for various type of programs.”
To put it simply, Thomas is a guard that, quite honestly, is flying a little too much under the radar for what we have seen. He earned offers from Bryant and USC-Upstate in previous years but his recruitment still remains a little quiet, with a few other schools showing interest his way. But with his talent, his ability to control a game, and his playmaking ability, Thomas should see an uptick from college coaches and shouldn’t be a secret to anyone these days around the region.