Vincentian basketballer Shad Thomas’ short terms goals are to get better at his game and win championships for his college.
Ultimately, he wants to play at the highest level, namely the NBA.
The 19-year-old Thomas, originally from Union Island, in 2019 gained a Basketball scholarship to attend the Salem Baptist Christian School in North Carolina. He currently attends the Catawba Valley Community College in North Carolina, USA, and had an outstanding first season in the National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association Division II Championships.
The six-foot five Thomas, a power forward, in the 2021/2022 outing, was the top overall Rebounder (tops in Offensive and Defensive Rebounding) and averaged the most rebounds per game.
Thomas returned to St Vincent and the Grenadines on a short vacation last week and assessed his freshman year, saying, as “My first year was a fantastic year, it was a great year,” having ended with 15.5 field goals and 13.7 rebounds per game.
Recounting his three years of schooling and fine tuning his Basketball skills, Thomas assessed, “At first it was hard, but at the end of the day you got to keep focused, because if you are not, you are going to be distracted by the little things, but I was able to keep my head on.”
Underscoring the need for youngsters and people in general to have the correct mindset, Thomas revealed that he always wanted to make the community of Union Island proud.
As such he stated, “It is the mind set that you have, you can come from anywhere and people who think that you cannot do it, you have to prove them wrong”.
Thomas was spotted by fellow Vincentian- Kishon Bishop, at the 2018 Windward Islands Schools’ Games in St Lucia.
Recognising his potential, Bishop facilitated Thomas’ entry to the Salem Baptist Christian School.
Thomas, who previously represented the Union Island Secondary School and Tanty Ma Basketball team of Union Island, then became the first member of the Blue Chip Basketball Academy, founding by Bishop, to earn a scholarship to attend school in the USA.