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.
32-year old Albanian international point guard Rashaun Broadus (183-87kg-84, college: BYU, agency: Octagon Europe) left Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. In 10 LKL games he averaged 7.3ppg, 2.0rpg and 3.2apg this season. Broadus also played 7 games in Eurocup where he had 3.4ppg and 2.1apg. The last season Broadus played at MKS Dabrowa Gornicza in Polish TBL. In 31 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.1apg... [read more]
32-year old Albanian international point guard Rashaun Broadus (183-87kg-84, college: BYU, agency: Octagon Europe) left Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. In 10 LKL games he averaged 7.3ppg, 2.0rpg and 3.2apg this season. Broadus also played 7 games in Eurocup where he had 3.4ppg and 2.1apg. The last season Broadus played at MKS Dabrowa Gornicza in Polish TBL. In 31 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.1apg and 1.0spg. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Honorable Mention. Broadus' team won Baltic League Elite Division Regular Season in 2012. He also represented Albania at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 this year. His stats at that event were 5 games: Score-1 (19.8ppg), 1.6rpg, 2.6apg, Steals-2 (2.8spg), FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 38.7%, FT: 65.4%. Broadus is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Canada, Romania (CSU Cuadripol SCM Brasov), Ukraine (Halychyna), Lithuania (Neptunas, Siauliai, Suduva and Juventus) and IBL (Edmonton E.). Broadus attended Brigham Young University until 2007 and it is his tenth season in pro basketball. Let's have closer look into His outlook:
Shaun plays with lots of energy and is a very good ball handler.
He can create opportunities with his quickness on offense and pressure the opponent into mistakes on defense.
He has a very good assist to turnover ratio.
Shaun takes good shots and maintains a high shooting percentage from all areas of the floor.
Kikanovic number one in EuroCup for round 9 - 1 day ago
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Bosnia and Herzegovina Center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-C-88, agency: BeoBasket) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked ALBA, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9. The 28-year old player was the main contributor (29 points, three rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Lietuvos rytas (#3, 3-4) 99-97. ALBA is placed at 2nd position in their group in EuroCup group B. ALBA is a typical solid league team placed somewhere... [read more]
Bosnia and Herzegovina Center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-C-88, agency: BeoBasket) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked ALBA, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9. The 28-year old player was the main contributor (29 points, three rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Lietuvos rytas (#3, 3-4) 99-97. ALBA is placed at 2nd position in their group in EuroCup group B. ALBA is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 4-4 record. It's Kikanovic's second year at ALBA and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Elmedin Kikanovic has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 22.3ppg) and averages impressive 60.3% FGP.
The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American DeAndre Kane (193-G-89, agency: BeoBasket) of N.Novgorod. Kane had a very good evening with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course he led N.Novgorod to another comfortable win 97-82 over MZT Skopje (#5, 0-7) being unquestionably team leader. N.Novgorod's 3rd position in group A has not changed. His team's 4-3 record is not bad at all. Kane is a newcomer at N.Novgorod, but is already one of team's top players.
Third on the list of top players last round was center Ksistof Lavrinovic (209-C-79) of Lietkabelis (#4). Lavrinovic scored 20 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Lavrinovic's great performance Lietkabelis lost 73-92 to #1 ranked Gran Canaria. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The chances of Lietkabelis not to end season at such low position in group A, however are less than slim as they have already lost 5 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Lavrinovic could try to bring Lietkabelis' a little bit higher in the standings. Lavrinovic has a very solid season. In 8 games in EuroCup he scored 13.6ppg. He also has 5.6rpg and and 3PT: 60.0%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Ryan Toolson (193-G-85) of Zenit - 32 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists 5. Charlon Kloof (190-G-90) of MZT Skopje - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists 6. Alex Llorca (192-G-89) of Fuenlabrada - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists 7. Kevin Jones (206-F-89) of Lokomotiv - 22 points and 5 rebounds 8. Jure Lalic (211-C-86) of MZT Skopje - 23 points and 3 rebounds 9. Micheal Eric (210-F/C-88) of RETAbet BB - 16 points and 10 rebounds 10. Will Thomas (203-PF-86) of Valencia - 11 points and 11 rebounds
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica has officially announced the cooperation with Canadian center Owen Klassen(208-C/F-91, college: Acadia), who used to play in the ABA League courts before, as a member of KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom. The cooperation between KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica and Klassen has been agreed until the end of the season. 208 cm tall player is coming to Podgorica from German side Phoenix Hagen. He used to attend the college Arkadia. His first club in Europe was KK MZT Skopje Aerod... [read more]
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