KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Junior guard Trent Thomas of the Saint Leo University men's basketball team was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District Team in the South Region it was announced on Friday. Thomas was named to the Second Team and was also just one of three members of the Sunshine State Conference to earn the honor.
A junior transfer from North Dakota State College of Science, Thomas played a key role for a revived Saint Leo program. Named the Sunshine State Conference's Newcomer of the Year and to the SSC's First-Team, he ranked sixth in the SSC with a team-leading 15.4 points per game scoring average. A native of Milwaukee, Wis., Thomas shot the ball at a solid clip, connecting on 41.1 percent of his three-pointers, ranking third in the conference, and 81.8 percent of his free throws. He also ranked 10th in the conference with 1.4 steals per outing.
Impressing fans when the pressure was at its highest, the Lions' starter dropped in a near-season and career-high 30 points in the SSC Tournament semifinal win over Eckerd and added 28 points in the Lions NCAA First-Round game against Florida Tech. Both of those games were a basket shy of his career mark and team high he set with 31 points in January.
Thomas was joined by Lance Kearse, a First-Team member from Eckerd College, and Simon Cummings from Florida Tech.
In total, 11 players were named NABC All-District team members from the South Region.
NABC All-District South Region
Josh Magette, Alabama-Huntsville
Scott Dennis, Christian Brothers
Jaime Smith, Alabama-Huntsville
Zack Warner, Christian Brothers
Lance Kearse, Eckerd
Da'Ron Sims, West Georgia
Coach of the Year: Lennie Acuff, University of Alabama in Huntsville
Zane Campbell, Alabama-Huntsville
Simon Cummings, FIT
Jamar Moore, West Florida
Trent Thomas, Saint Leo
Theron Jenkins, North Alabama