Go Dawgs! Isaiah Thomas
Born February 7, 1989 Tacoma, Washington
Thomas is a former University of Washington PG that has a bright future in the NBA despite the fact that he is only 5’9″.
Thomas attended Curtis Senior High School in University Place, Washington through 11th grade and then finished high school in Connecticut.
However, he decided to come back home to attend the University of Washington.
When Thomas came to UW former Huskies PG Nate Robinson gave him the go-ahead to wear his #2 jersey and it is interesting since both players are the same height and play the same position.
Thomas’ impact on the Huskies was felt right away averaging 15.5 ppg, 2.6 assists per game, and 3 rebounds per game as a true freshman and this included blowing up for 42 points in a game against Michigan State.
In that season he was the 2009 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year as well as making Second Team All-Pac-10.
In Thomas’ sophomore season his numbers just got better averaging 16.9 ppg, 3.2 assists per game and 3.9 rebounds per game.
In that season he was selected 2010 First Team All-Pac-10 and also won the 2010 Pac-10 Tournament MVP.
His junior season was one to remember increasing his numbers, being named to the 2010 First Team All-Pac-10 for the 2nd season in a row, and winning the Pac-10 Tournament MVP for the 2nd season in a row.
The conference tournament was one to remember with Thomas scoring 28 points in the final including a buzzer beater in OT to beat a favored Arizona team.
Thomas decided to skip his senior season and enter the NBA draft and while he may have improved his draft stock by sticking around he was chosen with the last pick of the 2nd round (60th overall) by the Sacramento Kings.
Factoid: Thomas shares his name with legendary PG Isiah Thomas, who has 2 NBA titles with the Detroit Pistons.
He was named after the former Detroit PG after his father bet his friend that his favorite team of the LA Lakers would beat the Pistons in the 1989 NBA Finals.
Thomas was born before the finals, but his dad already liked the name so it stuck.
Thomas’ mom wanted a biblical name so she insisted on the Isaiah spelling.