Matt Thomas

Matt Thomas: Guard

Fun Fact:

When Matt Thomas was around 10-years-old, at a summer free throw contest in La Crosse, Thomas shot 258 consecutive shots.

Bio:

Matt Thomas, born in Decatur, Illinois, on August 4th, 1994, grew up in Onalaska, Wisconsin, where he attended their local highschool. When Thomas was 11 years old, he suffered a great loss as his father, who suffered from alcoholism, committed suicide. Matt Thomas has since held his relationship with his mother very close, and has followed in her athletic footsteps. His mother was a standout high school athlete and even holds the school record for single game scoring at Wahlert High School in Dubuque, Iowa, with 48 points. Matt Thomas flourished during his high school career, as he averaged 21.3 points, 5.3 rebounds in 2012, leading his team to the Division 2 state championship. During his senior year Thomas averaged 28.3 points and 9.7 rebounds, leading his team to the state semi-finals, shooting 50.4% percent from the field. Thomas ended his four-year career as a two-time first-team all-state pick with a 95–12 overall mark and over 2,000 points. Matt Thomas then began his college career at Iowa State, where after 15 games, he was replaced in the starting line-up, and over his freshman season, the now 25-year-old, averaged 5.5 points, and scored in double figures 8 times. In his sophomore year, the player began his season serving a three-game suspension and found himself in a diminished role. However, Thomas grabbed a career-high of eight rebounds and hit 5–6 shots to score 13 points against Alabama in the season opener. He also ended scoring a career high of 17-points against Texas, in which 4-6 were from three-point range. During his senior year at Iowa state, Matt Thomas averaged a career high of 12.3 points per game along with an average of 3.9 rebounds which was ultimately lower than the 4.4 average he held in his third year of college basketball. In 2017, Thomas played for the Los Angeles Lakers summer league team, where he scored 23 points on 8-9 shooting in the summer league title game, helping his team to a 110-98 win. On August 29, Thomas signed with Monbus Obradoiro of Spain’s Liga ACB. From 2018-19, the basketball player signed a two-year deal with Valencia Basket of Spain’s Liga ACB, where he held an average of 11.4 points per game. As of July 19, 2019, Matt has signed a 3-year contract with the Toronto Raptors, where he scored 6 points, and grabbed 3 rebounds in his 20-minute NBA debut game against the Chicago Bulls. About a month later, Thomas recorded 10 points, hitting double digits in scoring for the first time and setting a new career high. After suffering a fractured finger on his left hand, creating an absence of 6 weeks for the 25-year-old, Thomas returned to the Raptors lineup on January 7th, 2020, noting 8 points and a career-high of 6 rebounds.