Mel Thomas

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Mel Thomas
MelThomas in 2009.jpg
Mel Thomas
College Connecticut
Sport Basketball
Position shooting guard
Jersey # 25
Class Graduated
Career 2004–present
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Nationality USA
Born (1985-08-26) August 26, 1985 (age 29)
Cincinnati, Ohio
High school Mount Notre Dame High School,
Cincinnati, Ohio
Awards
CoSIDA Women's Basketball Academic All-District I First Team
Mel Thomas
Medal record
Women's Basketball
Competitor for  United States
Pan American Games
Gold 2007 Brazil Team Competition

Melanie Eileen "Mel" Thomas was born August 26, 1985 in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Jeff and Mary Thomas [1] She is an American basketball player who played for the University of Connecticut Huskies from 2004-2008.

High school[edit]

Thomas won many awards during her High School basketball career for Cincinnati’s Mount Notre Dame High School. As a junior, she averaged 18.3 points, 5.2 assists and 3.7 rebounds while leading Mount Notre Dame H.S. to a 23-3 mark and a regional finals appearance. As a senior, she led the Cougars to a perfect 28-0 record and a Division I Ohio State Championship. She averaged 20.4 points 5.4 assists and 4.0 rebounds, and made several All America teams. Thomas was named a WBCA All-American.[2] She participated in the 2004 WBCA High School All-America Game, where she scored two points.[2]

College[edit]

Mel Thomas in Green Bay game

Thomas chose UConn over schools like Duke, Ohio State, and Cincinnati. Thomas struggled during her freshman season. In her sophomore season, she was named the BIG EAST’s Most Improved Player. She started all of the Huskies’ first 28 contests before sitting out the final two games of the regular season with a sprained right ankle, which she got in the Syracuse game on February 2, 2006. The next season (junior) was her breakout season. Thomas started in all 36 games as the Huskies’ shooting guard and tallied doublefigure points in 16 games, including three 20-plus scoring efforts. She made at least one 3-pointer in 35 of 36 games. In her junior and senior seasons, she co-captained the team with Renee Montgomery. She spent the summer prior to the start of her junior season playing for the USA Pan American Games Team, which became the first U.S. squad to capture the gold medal at the Pan American Games since 1987.[3] In her senior season, Thomas scored her 1,000 point of her career against the Virginia Cavaliers on December 5, 2007 in a 75-45 UConn win.[4] Nine games later, her season was cut short due to tearing her ACL and lateral meniscus against Syracuse on January 15, 2008. On January 21, 2008, against the University of North Carolina Tar Heels, Thomas was honored with her 1,000th point ball in front of a sold-out crowd at Gampel Pavilion.[5] While sidelined with the injury during her senior year she wrote in a diary everyday and it later was made in to a book that she published called "Heart Of A Husky".[6] She finished her UConn career with 1,098 career points, and is in the Top 5 in 3pt FG's made with 224 career three pointers.

Pro career[edit]

Thomas was hoping to be an early second-round pick or late second-round pick in the 2008 WNBA Draft, but she went undrafted because of the ACL injury.[7] In October 2008, Thomas made it back to the court to play in her first professional basketball game for the Irish League's Waterford Wildcats. She scored 33 points in her first game.[8] Thomas played for the Wildcats in Waterford, Ireland for one season. In March 2009, she was added to the Seattle Storm training camp roster along with Kasha Terry.[9] Since July 2009, she is playing for Artego Bydgoszcz (pl) in the Polish league PLKK.

Coaching[edit]

Thomas joined the Florida Gulf Coast women's basketball staff as the director of operations in 2010. Although she had not heard of the school, prior to a tip from colleague Ann Strother that the Eagles were looking to fill the position, head coach Karl Smesko had heard of Thomas. She cannot do on-court coaching in her present position, which includes travel and film coordination, but she hopes to move into active coaching in the future. In her first season, the Gulf Coast team won the Atlantic Sun regular season, and earned a bid to the WNIT. In her second year, the Eagles were in their first year as a full Division I team, ans won the Atlantic Sun Tournament, which qualified them for the NCAA Tournament.[10][11]

Awards[edit]

  • 2003 — Ohio Girls Basketball Magazine Dream Team selection[12]
  • 2002 — Adidas Top Ten Camp Underclass All-Star
  • 2002 — Street & Smith All-America Honorable Mention
  • 2003 — Street & Smith All-America Honorable Mention.
  • 2003 — USA Today Super 25 choice
  • 2003 — Nike All-American
  • 2004 — McDonald’s All-America Team
  • 2004 — WBCA All-America Team
  • 2004 — Associated Press Ohio Co-Player of the Year
  • 2004 — Cincinnati Metro Player of the Year
  • 2004 — Ohio Ms. Basketball (2004) awarded by Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association[13]
  • 2006 — Big East Most Improved Player[14]
  • 2008 — CoSIDA Women's Basketball Academic All-District I First Team[15]

University of Connecticut statistics[edit]

Mel Thomas Statistics[16] at University of Connecticut
Year G FG FGA PCT 3FG 3FGA PCT FT FTA PCT REB AVG A TO B S MIN PTS AVG
2004-05 29 54 136 0.397 26 84 0.310 28 42 0.667 56 1.9 54 31 4 20 526 162 5.6
2005-06 35 135 276 0.489 76 177 0.429 46 59 0.780 83 2.4 66 40 6 53 1043 392 11.2
2006-07 36 120 291 0.412 87 205 0.424 51 56 0.911 97 2.7 63 29 4 24 1146 378 10.5
2007-08 16 57 134 0.425 35 89 0.393 17 17 1.000 47 2.9 44 16 0 15 457 166 10.4
Totals 116 366 837 0.437 224 555 0.404 142 174 0.816 283 2.4 227 116 14 112 3172 1098 9.5

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "2007-08 UCONNHUSKIES". UConnHuskies.com. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 
  2. ^ a b "WBCA High School All-America Game Box Scores". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Retrieved 29 Jun 2014. 
  3. ^ "FIFTEENTH PAN AMERICAN GAMES -- 2007". USA Basketball. Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
  4. ^ "No. 2/2 Women's Basketball Moves To 7-0 With 75-45 Win Over Virginia - UCONNHUSKIES.COM - The Official Website of the University of Connecticut Huskies". Uconnhuskies.Com. Retrieved 2013-03-16. 
  5. ^ http://media.www.dailycampus.com/media/storage/paper340/news/2008/01/22/Sports/Thomas.Contributes.Despite.Injury.Honored.Before.Game-3161070.shtml
  6. ^ Thomas, Mel (2009). Heart of a Husky. Keen Custom Media. ISBN 978-0-9647083-3-4. 
  7. ^ STOUT, MATT. "WNBA: Drafting locals not a priority". Norwich Bulletin. Retrieved 5 Oct 2012. 
  8. ^ [1][dead link]
  9. ^ "Storm Adds Terry and Thomas to Training Camp Roster". WNBA. Retrieved 5 Oct 2012. 
  10. ^ "Mel Thomas". Florida Gulf Coast University. Retrieved 5 Oct 2012. 
  11. ^ CALDWELL, DANA (January 6, 2011). "FGCU Page Feature: Ex-UConn guard Mel Thomas learning under Smesko". Naplesnew.com. Retrieved 5 Oct 2012. 
  12. ^ "Groeschen: Prep insider". CINCINNATI.COM. Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
  13. ^ "OHSBC MS. BASKETBALL". Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  14. ^ "Media Guide". p. 135. Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
  15. ^ "Mel Thomas Named To CoSIDA Women's Basketball Academic All-District I First Team". Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  16. ^ "Media Guide". Retrieved 2009-08-08. 

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