Elijah Thomas boosts Clemson with versatility in third season

first_imgElijah Thomas positioned himself atop the 3-point arc with his feet pointed toward the rim. Standing at 6-foot-9, ESPN ranked him as the eighth best center in his recruiting class. Back at Lancaster (Texas) High School, Thomas’ head coach Ferrin Douglas said no one could guard Thomas down low. But, in Lancaster’s state title game, Thomas stood behind the 3-point line and swished the jumper. “When you’re a basketball player and you don’t allow yourself under a position,” Thomas said, ”You’re able to put so many player’s aspects into your game, and that’s what makes me versatile.”Pacing Clemson (10-4, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) in rebounds per game (7.4), blocks per game (1.6) and tied for second in points per game (13.6), Thomas doesn’t like to think of himself in one position. The senior has established himself as a potent, multi-tooled force in the paint. His effective field goal percentage of 67.3 ranks 36th in the nation, and it will lead the Tigers into the Carrier Dome on Wednesday night to play Syracuse (10-4, 1-0).Thomas began his career at Texas A&M in 2015. Thomas had struggled with health in the preseason with a foot injury and concussion, according to a CBS Sports report. That December, after playing just eight games, Thomas knew he needed a change. Before the transfer, he averaged 3.8 points and 2.5 rebounds in just 9.9 minutes per game. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhen Thomas looked at Clemson, he saw a rising program that could utilize his multifaceted talent. He joined the team for the 2016-17 season when he made nine starts. But by the next season, Thomas blossomed. On Nov. 16 against Ohio last season, he recorded 17 points and 15 rebounds — the first Clemson player to hit 15 and 15 in nine years. About a week later, on Nov. 24, he posted 26 points and 16 rebounds against Texas Southern. In that game Thomas made 10 field goals, showing his prowess for shooting. The once-recruited center is listed now as a forward.“It was a chance I took, and I love it here,” Thomas said.In January of last year, Thomas was thrust into a larger role when senior big man Donte Grantham suffered a season-ending knee injury. Grantham was a premier source of points (14.2), rebounds (6.9) and blocks (0.9). Thomas’ minutes per game increased two minutes to 26 per game to help cover all those areas.Thomas adapted and finished the season averaging 25 minutes per game with 10.7 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. His 2.3 blocks per game earned him ACC All-Defensive Team honors. The Tigers made a run to the Sweet 16 with Thomas in the middle.When Thomas faced off against Syracuse last March, he found success, tallying 18 points and six rebounds. He went 5-for-5 from the field. Despite being smaller than 7-foot-2 Paschal Chukwu and 6-foot-10 Bourama Sidibe, Thomas dominated the matchup. Chukwu tallied just two points (both on free throws) and Sidibe didn’t score.“He gives us a really good inside and outside balance,” Tim Bourret, Clemson’s 40-year radio broadcaster said. “He’s a guy every night that’s capable of getting a double-double if he can stay out of foul trouble.”Foul trouble has often been a problem with Thomas’ post play. In Clemson’s 14 games, the undersized big totaled four or more fouls in half of them. But Bourret said Thomas has the chance to become a top-10 Clemson big man, placed among Tree Rollins, Elden Campbell, Larry Nance Sr., and Horace Grant. Thomas has distinguished himself through his play style, the same versatility that has brought him to the ACC. Douglas, who also coached former NBA all-star Chris Bosh in high school, knew Thomas was different as a freshman in high school. Something that allows Thomas to play the way he does is his ability to shoot with both hands. Douglas remembers his surprise when he found out Thomas was a natural righty, having seen him take the majority of his shots left-handed. He could shoot just as well with the right.“Eli can play all five positions,” Douglas said. “He’s special, man.” Comments Published on January 8, 2019 at 5:07 pm Contact Eric: estorms@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

O’Connor Receives Additional Charges in a Murder Case

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisThere’s has been an update to a case WBKB News has been following. We have now learned that additional charges have been filed in the open murder case of John O’Connor. O’Connor has now been charged with mutilation and disinterment of a human body. The 55–year–old Grayling man was charged in the death of 46–year–old Michelle Kukulski.A state police K9 found Kukulski’s body back in December in Oscoda County. O’Connor confessed to killing his longtime on and off again girlfriend after a fight. O’Connor is expected to appear back in court next month.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Councilman Nowak and Mayor Pro Tem Johnson said no to RV parkNext Learn How to Set New Year Goals Instead of Resolutionslast_img read more

Local Man Accused of Killing Woman After His Jail Release for Different Crime

first_imgA local man is accused of killing a woman just after he left jail late last year on a domestic battery charge.West Palm Beach Police say they charged 55-year-old Leon Fitzgerald Thomas with second-degree murder on Friday.On October 26, 2019, police took a 911 call from a woman who had been unable to contact the victim for several days.Police went to the woman’s home, where they found her body wrapped in a tarp and comforter in a bedroom.Courtesy: Palm Beach Sheriff’s OfficeThe body had ice packs around it. Investigators also found pools of blood throughout the house.Thomas told police that he had a heated argument with the woman and pushed her head into the wall.According to the arrest report, the medical examiner determined that the woman suffered blunt force injuries to her head and neck.The suspect had bonded out of the Palm Beach County Jail on October 25, following his arrest domestic battery in a separate case.Authorities have not released the woman’s name and age.last_img read more

Joint Animal Services: Collie Mix Dog and Silver Tabby Cat Are…

first_imgDogHello, I am so excited to tell you about me! I am a 1-2 year old male Collie mix! I love to play! I love to run! I love to jump! I especially love to play fetch! I am very playful and full of energy! I am smart and I even know sit! I might need some time and patients to get past my excitement, but it’s worth it to see my loving side! I came into Joint Animal Services as a stray and I can’t wait to find my forever home! My # is 80011! You should totally come down and meet me! I would love to meet you! You could call 360-352-2510 to get info also! Thanks for reading about me! Facebook6Tweet0Pin1Submitted By: Joint Animal ServicesCatHello, I am a male grey and silver tabby cat. I am a fun cat to have around. I enjoy people and am always ready to be petted or to play. I am very handsome with grey and silver strips and bright yellow eyes. I am very friendly and look forward to sharing my love and fun with my family. I came into Joint Animal Services as a stray and am looking for a forever home. Come down and meet me or call 360-352-2510 to get more info about me. My # is 79984.last_img read more

Dump the Pump and Save This Summer

first_imgSubmitted by Intercity TransitAs gas prices increase and add pressure to household budgets, public transportation agencies across the country encourage commuters and travelers to consider their transportation options this month. And locally, three Thurston County public transportation partners, Intercity Transit, WSDOT, and Amtrak Cascades formed a multimodal partnership to help people “Dump the Pump.” Over the next month, a series of community events are planned for area residents, commuters, and out-of-town travelers to explore their travel options:Olympia: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Thurs., June 19, Olympia Farmers Market (700 N Capitol Way) Tumwater: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wed., June 25, Tumwater Farmers Market (Israel Rd & Capitol Blvd)Yelm: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  Sun., June 29, Yelm Farmers Market (17835 State Route 507 SE)Lacey: 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wed, July 16, (with Lacey in Tune concert), Huntamer Park (Woodland Square Loop and 7th Avenue SE)The Dump the Pump events feature customized, one-on-one help for people to explore travel by bus, bicycle, carpool, vanpool, on foot, or by train. Attendees can learn how to use an easy online trip planner which customizes routes for walking, bicycling, and bus travel. They can also learn about OneBusAway, a real-time bus arrival tool that takes the guesswork out of hopping the bus. And those who want to learn how much they can save based on their specific travel choices can find out with an online commute cost calculator.In addition, representatives will have information for people interested in combining bicycling with bus travel and demonstrations on how to load a bicycle on an Intercity Transit bicycle rack. Some events will also have bicycle vendors, food for purchase, and entertainment. People who already dump the pump can share their stories about driving less this month and next for a chance to win an Intercity Transit bus pass or tickets for Amtrak Cascades. People can do this in person at a Dump the Pump event or by visiting Intercity Transit’s Facebook page or Amtrak Cascades’ Facebook page.The Washington State Department of Transportation and Amtrak Cascades bring additional value to regional Dump the Pump activity by encouraging trial rides by train at reduced rates. Four round-trip trains operate between Portland and Seattle each day. Some trips travel as far north as Vancouver, BC, and south to Eugene, OR, and carry 807,000 passengers who otherwise might travel on the I-5 corridor. Each year, approximately 50,000 travelers arrive or depart on the Cascades line at Thurston County’s historic Centennial Station, the only volunteer-run train station in the United States. Administered by Intercity Transit through a joint operating agreement with area jurisdictions, Centennial Station also has half-hourly bus service (hourly on Sundays) and one of three free park and ride lots in Thurston County.National Dump the Pump Day is sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), who estimates 50 communities will participate. The event started in 2006 when gas prices were then rising to $3 per gallon. With today’s gas prices near $4 per gallon and household budgets tight, more people use public transportation services. Over 10.7 billion passengers used public transportation last year nationally – the highest level since 1957 – and locally Intercity Transit set record ridership levels in three of the past six years. Train travel throughout the region increased as well and boardings on Amtrak Cascades have risen almost every year since it began operating in 1994. The Amtrak Cascades is funded locally by the state of Washington.According to the April APTA Transit Savings Report, individuals in a two-person household can save an average of $10,000 annually by making do with one less car. Beyond the monetary savings, use of alternative travel options helps the overall transportation network function better, benefits the economy, protects the environment, improves public – and personal – health, and decreases national dependence on fossil fuels.For more transit information, visit www.intercitytransit.com or call 360.786.1881. For Amtrak Cascades information visit www.AmtrakCascades.com or call 1-800-USA-RAIL. Facebook6Tweet0Pin3last_img read more