|# 21 Charles Thomas|
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One of the top rebounders and free-throw shooters in the Southeastern Conference, Thomas will again be counted on for toughness and scoring inside. He can also score from outside and will see time at both forward positions. He enters his final season with a .754 career free-throw percentage (269-357), 835 points and 433 rebounds. He needs 165 points to become the 31st member of Arkansas’ 1,000-point club, 176 rebounds to move into the all-time top 10 with 609 and 57 free throws to crack that top 10 with 326. In the two exhibition games in Cancun over Labor Day weekend, he averaged 15.5 points and 11.0 rebounds while shooting 72 percent from the field.
Thomas led the team in rebounding and was 14th in the SEC with 5.7 per game, was third on the team in scoring (10.7), and second on the team and sixth in the SEC in free-throw shooting (.775).
He averaged 10.1 points and a team-best 6.2 rebounds while making 79.4 percent of his free throws (54-68) in 16 home games. In 10 road games, he was second on the club in scoring with 11.2 points. He also averaged 11.2 points and a team-best 5.9 rebounds in nine road games. In 10 games against NCAA Tournament teams, he averaged 10.4 points and 5.0 rebounds while making 50 percent of his shots (35-70).
Thomas averaged 10.2 points and 4.0 rebounds in November, 15.0 points and 6.6 rebounds in December, 10.4 points and 5.3 boards in January, 10.0 points and 6.3 rebounds in February, and 7.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in March.
He led the team in scoring eight times, in rebounding 13 times and in assists twice. He was in double figures scoring 20 times and in rebounding four times. He had 18 rebounds in the SEC Tournament semifinal win over Mississippi State, which is the most for a Razorback in 10 years and the second-most since 1979.
Against Southern Illinois in the Old Spice Classic (11/23) he was 6-of-10, finishing with a team-high 16 points. In the title game victory over
In the loss at
Against Texas Tech (12/16), he scored 19 of his game-high 21 points in the second half. He was 5-of-10 shooting and 11-of-13 at the line. He was strong again in the next game at
Thomas just missed a second straight double-double in the win over Oral Roberts (12/22), finishing with 12 points and nine rebounds. He had a team-high 16 points against Louisiana Tech (12/30), including going 10-of-10 at the line. Against Tulsa, he had 13 points and a team-high six rebounds, and was 6-of-7 at the line.
In the win over No. 8 Alabama (1/6), he had a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds with four assists. Thomas got in early foul trouble at No. 2 Florida (1/9) and eventually fouled out, but he had six rebounds, four points and a blocked shot.
Thomas made 10-of-17 shots and scored a game-high 23 points with three assists at Ole Miss (1/13). In the win over No. 16 LSU (1/20), he had a double-double of 11 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
He suffered a strained right shoulder at the end of the game at
Thomas made 6-of-12 shots at Mississippi State (12/14), finishing with a team-high 14 points and six rebounds. In the win over Ole Miss (2/17), he shot 50 percent again, going 5-of-10 and finishing with 12 points, six rebounds, an assist and one blocked shot. He had just five points in the win over
He missed all six shot attempts in the SEC Tournament opener against South Carolina (3/8), but was 4-of-6 at the line and had nine rebounds. In the quarterfinals against Vanderbilt (3/9), he made 3-of-4 shots and 4-of-5 free throws, finishing with 11 points and a game-high tying nine rebounds. In the semifinal against
He played in the NCAA Tournament against
Thomas started 21 times and finished third on the team in scoring (9.7), second in rebounding (5.0), first in field goal percentage (.520 - 103-198) and third in free throw percentage (.723, 99-of-137). He was also 6-of-12 on threes (.500).
In SEC play, he was third on the team in scoring (10.1), second on the team and 17th in the SEC in rebounding (5.6), second in field goal percentage (.533 - 56-105) and third in free throw percentage (.712 - 47-66).
He led the team in rebounding eight times and was in double figures scoring 18 times. Thomas got better as the year went on, averaging 8.0 points and 5.1 rebounds with a .468 shooting percentage in January, 10.9 and 4.6 with a .605 percentage in February, and 12.0 and 7.0 with a .512 percentage in March. He also averaged 9.9 points and a team-best 7.8 rebounds on the road, 10.4 points against five ranked teams, and 9.3 points and 4.7 rebounds with a .516 shooting percentage in 15 games against post-season tournament teams.
He got off to a great start with career highs of 20 points and seven rebounds in the opener against
Against No. 23 Maryland (11/23) in the Maui Invitational, he had 10 points, going 3-of-4 from the floor, and four rebounds and two steals. Thomas had 12 points and a team-high tying seven rebounds while going 4-of-4 from the floor against Radford (11/26). Over five games, against Maryland (1), Radford (4), Southern Mississippi (3), Missouri (3) and Texas State (1), Thomas made 12 consecutive field goals. His streak ended against TSU when he made his first shot and missed his second, finishing 1-of-2.
In the win over Missouri State (12/15), he had 17 points, going 9-of-14 at the line, and a team-high eight rebounds along with two assists and two steals. In the win over Vanderbilt (1/14), he was perfect from the floor, going 5-of-5 while making 3-of-4 free throws and scoring 15 points. He also had four rebounds. At
In the win at
At LSU (2/8), he was 2-of-6 from the floor but 6-of-7 at the line, finishing with 10 points and a team-high seven rebounds. He started against Auburn (2/11) and made 5-of-7 shots, finishing with 13 points and five rebounds. He was ill at Ole Miss (2/15), but had nine points and five rebounds in 17 minutes.
In the win over No. 10 Florida (2/18), he had 10 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals. In the win over
In the win at No. 10 Tennessee (2/25), he was 4-of-8 from the floor and 3-of-3 at the line, finishing with 11 points and six rebounds. Against Mississippi State (3/1), he was 8-of-8 at the line, finishing with 12 points and five rebounds in 20 minutes. At
In the SEC Tournament against Georgia (3/9), he had 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting, six rebounds and two assists. Against No. 16 Florida (3/10), he was 7-of-13 shooting, including 2-of-3 on threes, finishing with 17 points, two rebounds, one assist and one steal.
In the NCAA Tournament against Bucknell (3/17), he was held to two points but had a game-high seven rebounds.
He started 18 of 29 games and played 18 minutes per game with averages of 5.5 points and 2.7 rebounds while shooting 41.3 percent from the floor (52-126). His free throw percentage (.768, 53-69) led the team, among the regulars with a minimum of 45 attempts, and he earned the team’s free throw award.
Among the league’s freshmen, he was 17th in scoring, sixth in free throw percentage among players with more than 50 attempts and 15th in field goal percentage among players with more than 100 shots.
In non-conference play, he started 10 of 13 games, and averaged 8.5 points and 3.4 rebounds while shooting 48.6 percent from the floor (36-74) and 78.3 percent at the line (36-46). In SEC play, he started eight of 16 games and his averages dropped to 3.1 points and 2.1 rebounds with a .308 shooting percentage (16-52) while he still shot well at the line (.739, 17-23).
He led the team in scoring once (16 vs.
In the opener, he had eight points and three rebounds against
He made his first start in the home opener against Gardner-Webb (11/27), and had eight points and five rebounds. In his second start, the next game against Tulsa (11/30), he had a team-high 16 points on 5-of-8 shooting, was 6-of-8 at the line and added four rebounds and two assists.
Against Tennessee State (12/16), he made 6-of-9 shots and scored 15 points in 18 minutes. He had 12 points against Prairie View (12/18).
Thomas missed the
In High School:
Thomas earned Nike All-America honors after being chosen one of the top 20 players at the Nike Camp. He was rated the No. 13 power forward and the No. 45 overall prospect in the country by TheInsidersHoops.com, and No. 15 and No. 56, respectively, by Rivals.com. He earned first-team all-state honors after averaging 27.4 points, 12.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.0 steals as a senior.
Born Jan. 21, 1986, in
2006-07 SEASON HIGHS
FG Attempts: 18,
FG Made: 10,
3 Pt FGA: 4, MC (11/24),
3 Pt FGM: 1, MC (11/24),
FT Attempts: 13, TTU (12/16)
FT Made: 11, TTU (12/16)
Off. Rebounds: 7,
Def. Rebounds: 11, MSU (3/10)
Total Rebounds: 18, MSU (3/10)
Steals: 2, UGA (1/17)
Blocks: 1, MU (11/30), ORU (12/22),
UGA (1/17), LSU (1/20),
FG Attempts: 18,
FG Made: 10,
3 Pt FGA: 4, OM (2/17/07), LSU (1/20/07),
3 Pt FGM: 2, VU (1/14/06),
FT Attempts: 14, MoSt. (12/15/05)
FT Made: 11, TTU (12/16/06)
Off. Rebounds: 7, MSU (3/10/07),
Def. Rebounds: 11, MSU (3/10/07)
Total Rebounds: 18, MSU (3/10/07)
Assists: 4, UGA (1/17/07),
Steals: 2, UGA (1/17/07),
Blocks: 1, OM (2/17/07), LSU (1/20/07), UGA (1/17/07), Fla. (1/9/07), ORU (12/22/06), MU (11/30/06), Ala (2/21/06), USC (2/4/06), PVAMU (12/18/04), Ole Miss (2/5/05), Tenn (3/10/05)