Where Lance Thomas Goes, Success Follows
October 25, 2011 • Guadalajara, Mexico
It's clear that success follows Lance Thomas.
From Newark Saint Bendedict's Preparatory School in New Jersey to Duke University to USA Basketball, all he's done is win.
The 6-8 forward won a pair of New Jersey Prep A Division state titles and compiled a 56-3 record in his two seasons at Saint Benedict's.
In the summer of 2006 before he launched his hoops career at Duke, Thomas was selected a member of the 2006 USA Basketball U18 Championship Team. The U.S. finished 4-0 and captured gold at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship.
He went on to attend Duke University where he played four years of basketball for current USA National Team mentor and Duke's Hall of Fame head coach Mike Krzyzewski.
While there, he helped Blue Devil teams to the 2010 ACC regular season co-championship, 2008 and 2009 ACC regular season runner-up finishes, 2009 and 2010 ACC Tournament titles, and four NCAA tournament appearances. As a senior in 2009-10, Thomas played in 40 games, served as co-captain, and helped lead Duke to a 35-5 record and the 2010 NCAA National Championship.
Yes, success seem to follow Thomas whereever he is. But that's the past and right now in the present, his sites are set on gold at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, where he and his USA Basketball teammates are seeking the nation's first gold medal Pan American Games finish since 1983.
USABasketball.com caught up with basketball superstad Tuesday just out the Pan American Games village and recorded his thoughts on how the team looks, what it will tke for the USA men to be successful and what it was like being part of the 2010 NCAA championship team.
Lance Thomas Bio Notes: Played in 2010-11 with the Austin Toros, played in 46 games, averaged 12.6 ppg., 5.5 rpg., 1.1 apg., and shot 51.1 percent from the field and 70.3 percent from the foul line. Drafted in 2010 by Austin Toros as the No. 3 selection of the second round. Attended Duke University and played four seasons of basketball. As a senior in 2009-10, played in 40 games, averaged 4.8 ppg., 4.9 rpg. Served as co-captain and helped lead Duke to a 35-5 record and the 2010 NCAA National Championship, played 35 minutes and shot 3-5 from the field and finished with 6 points and 4 rebounds in the title game win versus Butler. Ranks 10th on Duke's all-time list in offensive rebounds (255). Attended Newark Saint Benedict's Preparatory School (N.J.), helped lead team to a pair of Prep A Division state titles and a 56-3 record in his final two seasons. Averaged 14.1 ppg. and 6.5 rpg., and shot 54.0 percent from the floor as a senior and was named in 2006 Prep-School State Player of the Year by the Newark Star-Ledger; 2006 Parade Magazine All-America second team; 2006 McDonald’s All-American.