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Memphis Sophomore Adonis Thomas Enters 2013 NBA Draft, Will Hire Agent

Nelson Chenault-USA Today Sports

Adonis Thomas is leaving the Memphis‘ men’s basketball program and entering his name into the 2013 NBA Draft.

According to a number of reports, Thomas has decided to forgo his final two seasons at Memphis and enter his name into the selection field. Thomas has also decided to sign with an agent, effectively ending his collegiate eligibility.

Thomas is an interesting prospect, coming to Memphis as a highly-regarded recruit. Thomas averaged 8.8 points per game in just under 24 minutes of action as a freshman, but still had first round NBA potential. Some even speculated that Thomas could have been a potential lottery pick last June had he made the decision to leave school.

Well, Thomas returned to Memphis in 2012-13, averaging 11.7 points and 4.5 rebounds for the Tigers.

Thomas’ stock has dropped a bit, even despite the increase is his numbers this past season. According to ESPN, Thomas is listed as the 101st best prospect and that’s not a good sign considering where he originally was projected. Thomas however, does have the opportunity to be drafted this June. His pre-draft workouts will be crucial, but at the end of the day, if Thomas can improve on his range and showcase his athletic ability, he might be able to work his way up into the late portion of the first round.

Thomas is an original native of Memphis, Tennessee and was a consensus top ten recruit by many national media services prior to selecting the Tigers back in 2011.

 

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