Cameron Thomas made his announcement on Thursday of his intentions to signal with an agent and formally declare for the NBA draft after one season at LSU.
Thomas posted his announcement on social media publish with the caption, “Subsequent chapter #24out and #RIPKobe.”
Thomas, led all Division 1 freshmen in scoring final season with 23 factors a recreation whereas serving to LSU advance to the finals of the SEC Match and the second spherical of the NCAA Match. He joins Trae Younger, Markelle Fultz, Michael Beasley, and Kevin Durant as the one faculty freshmen to common not less than 23 factors per recreation for a significant faculty since 1992-93.
His accomplishments have been in depth in his brief faculty profession. Thomas was first-team All-Southeastern Convention, All-SEC Freshman, the USA At this time SEC Newcomer of the Yr, and USA At this time second-team All-American, in addition to receiving Related Press All-America honorable point out.
He completed his profession having the Thirteenth-highest scoring common in LSU historical past and the fourth-highest common for a freshman. The three gamers who’ve averaged extra of their first season embrace the late “Pistol” Pete Maravich with 43.8 ppg in 1968, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (then Chris Jackson) with 30.2 ppg in 1989, and Bob Pettit with 25.5 ppg in 1952.
Cam Johnson’s inclusion within the NBA Draft was no actual shock. As a result of NCAA’s investigations into allegations of improper recruiting ways by LSU’s head coach Will Wade, he’s the most recent of a number of LSU gamers to declare for the Draft.
Johnson joins teammates, Javonte Sensible, Darius Days, and Trendon Watford out the door. Days is the one one who didn’t specify that he was hiring an agent. Gamers who go undrafted and have faculty eligibility remaining could return to their faculty groups, however provided that they terminate any relationships with brokers, and if their prior dealings with brokers didn’t violate NCAA restrictions.
Thomas is projected to be a first-round decide on draft night time. His strengths are his means to make his personal shot, taking the ball to the basket, and ending, whereas discovering a method to get to the free-throw line.