Konkol Signs Houston Forward in Early Signing Period
Nov. 15, 2017
RUSTON – With only one senior on the Louisiana Tech men’s basketball roster, head coach Eric Konkol and the coaching staff had only one a scholarship available which they used to ink forward Stacey Thomas to a National Letter of Intent in the early signing period.
Thomas is a 6-foot-8-inch, 210-pound forward out of Houston, Texas. The multi-sport athlete is currently averaging 15.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game this season for Fortbend Christian Home School.
“We are thrilled to welcome Stacey Thomas to the Louisiana Tech family,” Konkol said. “Our goal is to recruit first class people with big dreams who are quality students and talented basketball players. Stacey fits that profile extremely well. Stacey is a forward that plays with great athleticism and energy. This is only his fourth year playing basketball, but he has exceptional anticipation skills and timing.
“We are excited about his potential, his versatility, and how well he fits our program and campus. Stacey comes from a wonderful family and has grown from competing with the Houston Hoops program all summer. He is driven to become the best version of himself at Louisiana Tech and we are excited to help him.”
Born in Newark, New Jersey, Thomas has lived in several places before settling down in the hotbed of basketball that is Houston. He has played for the Houston Hoops AAU Team and been coached along the way by David Leach, Andrew Green, Chris Walker and Renard Gordon.
Thomas was a member of the OBDA International Elite Tournament champion in 2016. This year, he was on the first place team and was named MVP in the Texas Fall Classic.
“I chose Louisiana Tech not only because of athletics, but also because I know it will be a great place and environment to further my education,” Thomas said. “Through my time being there, I know I will become a better person and leader with the help of coach Konkol and the coaching staff. I also would like to thank coach King for seeing something in me and giving me the opportunity to call myself a Bulldog.”
Some of Thomas’ athletic ability on the hardwood can be attributed to his abilities as a star tennis player in the Houston National Tennis League where he has been part of two top-two finishes at regionals.
Athleticism runs in his genes as well. His father, Dexter Thomas, was a semi-pro soccer player in Trinidad.
Thomas ended up choosing LA Tech over Boise State, Texas State and Oral Roberts.
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