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Former Notre Dame star, European vet Chris Thomas retires from basketball - Oct 26, 2012


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Chris Thomas
After just seven seasons of playing professionally overseas, former McDonald's All-American point guard and Indiana's Mr. Basketball, Chris Thomas surprisingly threw in the towel.

"The love for the game and the passion for being number one simply weren't there for me anymore," he told Eurobasket from his home in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The 30-year-old Notre Dame alumnus has played in five countries -- Italy, Greece, Poland, Spain and Israel, but is now building a career in the corporate business world as a financial representative at Milwaukee based Northwestern Mutual, a Life Insurance and Financial Services company. Thomas is also the assistant coach for Southport high school's basketball team.

Last season, Thomas helped lead Israel's Galil/Gilboa to the Balkan league championship, averaging 6.6 points and 4 assists in 24 minutes. In the Israeli league, Thomas upped his numbers to 8.8 points and 4.8 assists in 30 minutes of action as Galil/Gilboa finished the regular season in second place.

For Thomas, learning the nuances of the European game and positioning himself as one of the top point guards statistically in the prestigious Spanish ACB League was the simple part of his overseas grind: "I dealt with lawsuits and not seeing all my money abroad and the business side really took away a lot of the love and purity I had for the game," he said. "It was special for me to walk away with no regrets after winning the Balkan title with Galil/Gilboa.

Despite receiving multiple European offers throughout the summer, Thomas found himself juggling between a career as a basketball player and that of a family man. "Family is the most important thing to me and I had a son before coming to Israel. I battled with my priorities of being a humble father and fulfilling my ego of playing ball and being in the spotlight," Thomas added.

According to the Indianapolis native and ex-Pike high school two-time state champion (2000 and 2001), basketball was and always has been about being the best on the court: "Basketball is and always will be a big part of my life but it wasn't my whole life, so it was easy to step away. The passion of being number one wasn't there for me anymore and fortunately, I was able to play at a high level even though I wasn't exhorting a lot of energy. I enjoy the fact that I walked away from the game knowing it was my time. I retired on my own terms."

Thomas currently holds a number of Notre Dame school records. He is the only player in Notre Dame basketball history to score more than 1,700 points and dish out 600-plus assists. He is also ranked first in steals with 244. Thomas was assigned point guard to the First Team All Notre Dame team for the celebration game of 100 years of Notre Dame basketball.   




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Predrag Pajic stays at Feni Industries - 21 hours ago
Predrag Pajic (198-SG-93) and KK Feni Industries decided to continue their co-operation for another season as the 24-year old officially signed a new contract with the team from Kavadarci. Since joining KK Feni Industries from Vardar in 2014, Pajic fought for a place in the team for most of his stay at Kavadarci, but despite the troubles he finally managed to seize a decent spot in the squad last year. He managed to play 15 games in the BIBL League last season averaging 4.1ppg and 1.7rp...   [read more]

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Derek Wright (ex Fribourg) signs at Rilski - 4 days ago
Rilski Sportist Samokov (NBL) landed 31-year old American point guard Derek Wright (179-86, college: Austin Peay State). He has played for the last two years at Fribourg Olympic in Swiss LNA league. In 22 games he averaged 13.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.2apg and 2.3spg (in top 3) last season. Wright helped them to win the Supercup and make to league final. Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Defensive Player of the Year award in 2016. Wright is a very experienced player....   [read more]

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Danilo Mijatovic inks with Blokotehna - 10 days ago
The newbie in Prva Liga, Blokotehna straightened their roster with the addition of 33-year old Serbian international Danilo Mijatovic (206-F/C-83) who has experience in the league as previously playing for KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom and KK Kumanovo 2009. He started his last season with KK Kumanovo 2009 where he managed to impress, carrying the team both in the BIBL league and the domestic championship with exciting stats. In 13 BIBL league games he managed to average 19.2ppg and 5.0rpg, whi...   [read more]


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Group C
 1 Beroe 5-1 
 2 Kozuv 3-3 
 3 Feni Industries 2-4 
 4 Sutjeska 2-4 
Group D
 1 Kumanovo 5-1 
 2 Teodo Tivat 3-3 
 3 Peja 3-3 
 4 Karpos Sokoli 1-5 
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kenyon MCNEAILL
  Kozuv
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. McNeaill, Kozuv20.8 
 2. Mijatovic, Kuman.19.2 
 3. Hysenagolli, SK Ti.17.1 
 4. Mijovic, Kozuv16.8 
 5. Gibson, Beroe16.8 
 6. Veseli, Peja16.5 
 7. Hinds, Sigal P.14.9 
 8. Salic, Sutjeska14.5 
 9. Hajrizi, Sigal P.14.3 
 10. Labovic, Karpos S.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Endrit HYSENAGOLLI
  SK Ti.
  (206-C-88)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Hysenagolli, SK Ti.9.7 
 2. Mijovic, Kozuv8.4 
 3. Skeen, Peja6.8 
 4. Djekic, Feni I.6.4 
 5. Janevski, Kumanovo6.4 
 6. Sharabidze, Feni I.6.4 
 7. Veseli, Peja6.3 
 8. Gudul, Beroe6.2 
 9. Jones, Beroe6.2 
 10. Dahlman, Peja6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Milan STANOJEVIC
  Teodo T.
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Stanojevic, Teodo T.6.1 
 2. McNeaill, Kozuv5.3 
 3. Raley-Ross, Beroe5.0 
 4. Tillotson, Peja4.9 
 5. Wise, Trepca4.3 
 6. Petrovski, Feni I.4.3 
 7. Rundles, Peja4.1 
 8. Djurisic, Teodo Tivat3.9 
 9. Scott, Trepca3.9 
 10. Aleksiev, Beroe3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Jabarie HINDS
  Sigal P.
  (180-PG-92)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Hinds, Sigal P.2.2 
 2. Hajrizi, Sigal P.2.2 
 3. Gibson, Beroe1.9 
 4. James, Sutjeska1.9 
 5. Jones, Beroe1.7 
 6. McNeaill, Kozuv1.7 
 7. Rundles, Peja1.6 
 8. Stanojevic, Teodo T.1.6 
 9. Veseli, Peja1.6 
 10. Tmusic, Bashkimi1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Aaron JONES
  Beroe
  (206-F-93)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Jones, Beroe1.2 
 2. Krstevski, Kozuv0.8 
 3. Rugova, Sigal P.0.7 
 4. Gudul, Beroe0.7 
 5. Skeen, Peja0.6 
 6. Zekovic, Karpos S.0.6 
 7. Reed, Peja0.6 
 8. Kusovac, Teodo T.0.6 
 9. Djurasovic, Kozuv0.6 
 10. Djekic, Feni I.0.5 
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 Milivoje Mijovic
  Kozuv
  ( 200-PF-91 )
  
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