Memphis Tigers sophomore forward Adonis Thomas can breathe a little easier after the team’s victory against the Lipscomb Bison. Although the game was one of the ugliest for the team, Thomas was able to overcome a four point effort against the Louisville Cardinals to lead the team in scoring with 18 points against the Bison.
Thomas, who was once considered a probable NBA first round pick, has not played up to expectations this season.
In earlier games, Thomas seemed to be just one of the five on the floor. During scoring opportunities, he would simply pass the ball off to someone else. It was extremely evident against the Cardinals. Thomas only scored four points. He made two of six attempts.
Thomas took three shots in the first half and three shots in the second half. Three shots in the beginning of the game is O.K. given the majority of the Tigers shots were coming off of fast break opportunities, dunks and were up by 16 at one point.
However, as the game turned in the second half and Louisville took over, three shots does not look good in a nationally televised game against a Top 25 team.
“I take blame for part of (Saturday’s) game because offensively and defensively I was in and out of plays. I wasn’t there every possession,” Thomas said to the Commercial Appeal about the lost to Louisville. “Coach is counting on me and this team is counting on me as well to make plays offensively and defensively. It’s on me to take over games.
“It’s going to be on me from now on out to find ways throughout the game to make myself available and assertive for the team.”
Thomas backed his statement up about being more assertive. He played with more of an “I want the ball” attitude against the Bison. He looked to score.
I loved the attitude he showed during a play when he was on the baseline and received a pass. He went by a defender and slammed the ball with authority. It’s something I can’t remember seeing in other games.
Maybe this game and a short holiday break is what Thomas needs to get going.
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.