Kilgore Center Mike Thomas Joins Mean Green Hoops
6-11 Big Man Brings All-Around Game To North Texas
DENTON - For the second time in a week, North Texas basketball and head coach Tony Benford have announced the addition of a frontcourt player for the 2015-16 roster. Michael Thomas, a 6-11 center, joins the Mean Green after a junior college career at Kilgore College.
"We are extremely excited to have Michael Thomas join our Mean Green family," Benford said. "Scott Monarch did a great job of recruiting Mike. He played under Brian Hoberecht at Kilgore JC, who does a great job of preparing his guys for the Division 1 level."
At almost seven feet tall, Thomas made an all-around impact for the Rangers last season, averaging 6.7 points and 5.1 rebounds per contest while playing about 17 minutes a game. Additionally, Thomas' 1.6 blocks per game was tops on Kilgore's roster and ranked sixth in the conference.
Thomas posted a season-high of 17 points on two occasions last season, going along with a 13 rebound outing that was his best of the year. He tallied two double-doubles for Kilgore College during the 2014-15 season.
"Mike is a tremendous kid who plays with a lot of heart and passion," Benford said. "He is tough, rebounds, and gives us another rim protector along with Rickey Brice. He is also a good low post scorer and runs the floor well."
Before joining the Kilgore roster, Thomas was one of Louisiana's top prospects. ESPN.com ranked him the sixth-best recruit in the state during his senior year at Ville Platte High School. With 18.4 points per game, Thomas led his team to a 26-6 record and the state quarterfinals.
North Texas' 2015-16 Newcomers
• Rickey Brice -- 7-0 -- 260 -- Center -- Arlington, Texas (Pantego Christian)
• JaMichael Brown -- 6-1 -- 190 -- Guard -- San Antonio, Texas (Pro-Vision Academy)
• J-Mychal Reece -- 6-1 -- 180 -- Guard -- Bryan, Texas (Texas A&M)
• Deckie Johnson -- 6-4 -- 175 -- Guard -- Memphis, Tenn. (Angelina College)
• Allante Holston -- 6-7 -- 185 -- Guard -- Upper Marlboro, Md. (West Oaks Academy FL)
• Khalil Fuller -- 6-9 -- 250 -- Forward -- Moreno Valley, Calif. (West Oaks Academy FL)
• Mike Thomas -- 6-11 -- 225 -- Center -- Ville Platte, La. (Kilgore College)