Thames (left) during his college tenure with San Diego State
|No. 21 – Fort Wayne Mad Ants|
|Position||Point guard / Shooting guard|
|League||NBA Development League|
January 9, 1991 |
|Listed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Listed weight||187 lb (85 kg)|
|High school||Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove, California)|
|NBA draft||2014 / Round: 2 / Pick: 59th overall|
|Selected by the Toronto Raptors|
|2014–2015||Baloncesto Sevilla (Spain)|
|2015–present||Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Xavier Raynard Thames (born January 9, 1991) is an American professional basketball player for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League. He played college basketball for Washington State University and San Diego State University.
High school career
Thames attended Pleasant Grove High School in Elk Grove, California. As a sophomore, he averaged 20 points, four assists, five rebounds and four steals per game while earning first team All-Delta River League honors. As a junior, he averaged 26 points, six assists, five rebounds and three steals per game while leading Pleasant Grove to a 16-14 record and being honored as a first team all-league and second team all-city selection.
As a senior, he averaged 21 points, six assists, six rebounds and three steals per game while leading Pleasant Grove to a 25-6 record, and was again honored as a first team all-league and second team all-city selection.
In his freshman season at Washington State, Thames had four double-figure scoring games, the first of which came on December 2, 2009 against Gonzaga when he scored 11 points. Prior to the Gonzaga game, he helped the Cougars to the 2009 Great Alaska Shootout title. In 31 games (four starts), he averaged 4.6 points 1.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 17.6 minutes per game.
In May 2010, Thames transferred to San Diego State and subsequently sat out the 2010–11 season due to NCAA transfer rules. In his sophomore season, he earned honorable mention All-Mountain West accolades. In 31 games (30 games), he averaged 10.1 points, 3.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.0 steals in 33.8 minutes per game.
In his junior season, he scored in double-figures 15 times and led the team in scoring three times and in assists seven times. He also ended the season having played 32 or more minutes in a season-best six straight games, which was a season first. In 30 games (25 starts), he averaged 9.5 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.0 steals in 28.7 minutes per game.
In his senior season, he was named the 2014 Mountain West Player of the Year. He was also named to the All-MWC first team and the MWC All-Defensive team. In 36 games, he averaged 17.6 points, 2.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.6 steals in 31.3 minutes per game.
On June 26, 2014, Thames was selected with the 59th overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft by the Toronto Raptors. He was later traded to the Brooklyn Nets for cash considerations on draft night. In July 2014, he joined the Nets for the 2014 NBA Summer League.
On August 6, 2014, Thames signed a one-year deal with Baloncesto Sevilla of the Liga ACB. On January 23, 2015, he was released by Sevilla. On February 11, he was acquired by the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League. Six days later, he made his debut with the Mad Ants in an 87–86 loss to the Maine Red Claws, recording three points and one rebound in 26 minutes.
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