Will Thomas headed for Belgium

I knew it would not take long for Thomas to land somewhere overseas to play professionally, especially since his name was recently mentioned on ESPN.com by John Hollinger as a college big man headed to the pros. Hollinger mentions Will in the “better update that passport section” and he is indeed correct as Eurobasket.com has reported that he will be playing in Belgium for Liege:

“Liege Transfer News Will Thomas by Peter Buyse – Jun 20, 2008

Seems it did not take long for Liege to replace the departing Stephane Pelle since today they announced the arrival of George Mason’s Will Thomas (201-F-86). Thomas was selected first-team All-CAA in 2007-08 and was named to the CAA All-Defensive Team for the third straight season. He was runner-up for both the CAA Player of the Year and CAA Defensive Player of the Year. Averaged 16.1 ppg and10.4 rpg during his senior year. His 10.4 rpg placed him first on the CAA top rebounders
list.”

Here is a more indepth article which compares him to the Mason legend George Evans, and which according to my Google Translator is written in French. They speak French in Belgium?

Some of you reading this might wonder why he was not even worked out by any NBA teams like Folarin Campbell was but the fact remains that Will Thomas just is not built for the NBA. Sure there were times that he dominated future NBA players but let’s face it the NCAA is not the NBA, it’s just a different style of the game entirely in my opinion. It doesn’t help either that Thomas was undersized even by college standards; I mean honestly there are shooting guards at his height in the NBA. His lack of athletism and shooting range were his downfall but he will make up for that with his hard work in the posts while in Belgium. More likely than not fans next season will notice Will’s absence more than anything and it will be interesting to see which of the young forwards steps up to the challenge.
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11434138324593494441 mooky_l3d

    It makes you wonder why the coaches at Mason did not try to improve the shooting of Will Thomas. Only focusing on his back to the basket. It would have been nice to see him with a 15ft jumper. Oh well good luck in Europe.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01670217562662547582 B-Mac98

    Mooky, Thomas did step out more this year, but if you think a medium range game was all that stood between him and the NBA, you’re kidding yourself. Even if he could step out and hit 50 percent from 18 feet he’d still be too short for the league as a power forward… and there’s no chance he could learn the handles he’d need to play small forward.

    Overseas is a good place for Will… he’ll have a nice career over there. Mason will miss him. I’d say he’s the second best post player in GMU history next to George Evans. You can’t replace a guy like that overnight.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09163915872352189104 Trent

    Congrats to Will! Unlike Jai he’ll have the work ethic to succeed in the pros. I hope he has a great career.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17749591461568000090 Chris

    Seconding what everyone else said. Good luck Will, if Mason ever decides to retire jerseys yours should be up there.

  • Anonymous

    yea we do speak french in Belgium… it’s just next to france, the team where Will is playin is at 2 hours and a half from Paris but i don’t think he will learn any french because almost whole liege basketball team players are from the US… there are only 3 Belgians lol.
    Liege fans realy like Will, he’s a very good player, some over sea’s ballers are only here to get a salary and some are ballin for the love of the game and Will is one of those who u can feel he’s realy concerned by the game. for now is 5th rebounder of the championship. I wonder why everybody says he’s too short to get NBA cuz Robinson# 4 NY Knicks is hell short, Iverson too so i guess size can be a detail sometimes… i guess the real reason is his missin versatile tho

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