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Memphis Tigers Sophomore Forward Adonis Thomas Continues to Struggle with Outside Shooting

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Is Memphis Tigers sophomore forward Adonis Thomas going through a sophomore shooting slump?

After his freshman season, the 6’7″ Thomas flirted with entering the NBA draft. He finished the season averaging 8.8 points and 3.2 rebounds per game.

He has been named to the 2012-13 Naismith Trophy and John R. Wooden Award preseason watch lists.

Thomas has also picked up numerous accolades from preseason publications and websites. CBSSports.com picked Thomas as its preseason CUSA Player of the Year, while Lindy’s, The Sporting News, Athlon Sports and Blue Ribbon College Yearbook all named him to their All-Conference USA squad.

Thomas continues to struggle with shooting through seven games. He leads the team in scoring with 12 points per game while also co-leading the team in turnovers (with Joe Jackson) with 16 total.

After winning the three point contest at the Memphis Madness event, it was expected that Thomas would be a go-to outside shooter, especially with him moving to the small forward position.

His three point shooting percentage is only 14.3. He has only made a disappointing three of 21 three point shots. He shot 40.5 percent as a freshman.

His field goal percentage has also dipped to 43.9 percent from 48.6 percent from a season ago.

Thomas’ best game this season was in the Tigers lost to Virginia Commonwealth Rams. He led the team in scoring with 19 and in rebounding with seven while providing the spark during the Tigers’ second half run.

Several of his points came around the basket while coming off screens and curling. He also displayed his abilities to beat opponents off the dribble to get to the basket during the game.

Patosha Jeffery is the Memphis Tigers Featured Columnist at Rant Sports. Be sure to follow her on Twitter: @patoshajeffery and add her Google + to your circles for all of her latest articles and thoughts.