One intriguing comparison that had escaped us: Damon Stoudamire, the former Portland Trail Blazers star. Stoudamire is known for his comical marijuana arrests, philanthropy, and for being a lightning-quick, fearless, undersized lefty guard. It's that last part that he and Thomas have in common.
the similarities between his game and Thomas', Stoudamire cut him off.
"You're going to tell me he reminds you of me," he said. "You don't
know how many people have told me that."
It's good to see the hoop world finally begin to take notice of Thomas--he deserves it. Though it's always fun when our Dawgs are ignored, as it gives us fans a vicarious underdog thrill. The Nate Robinson/Will Conroy teams had the us-against-the-world thing down to an art form, and Thomas, who speaks with both of the aforementioned regularly, has brought some of that back. As he told Rivals.com,
"It's just the attitude where we're not going to back down from
anybody...I thought that was missing the last two years, just having
the attitude that nobody could stop us and we were going to come here
and get this win, no matter if it was home or away...I brought a little of the swagger back."
If Thomas played at North Carolina, people would hear about him all the time. (Remember: no one knew much about Brandon Roy until the end of his senior year, even after he outplayed NC State's highly-touted forward Julius Hodge on one leg as a junior.) But Thomas plays here, so he's largely ignored, and we get to be the obnoxious fans with the chip on our shoulders, feeling like we slayed a Goliath every time he drops 20 on some big-name foe.