Aaron Thomas

  • Pos SG
  • Height 6-5
  • Weight 195

Prospect Info

  • High School Withrow International
  • City Cincinnati, OH
  • Exp 2012 - ...

Florida State Seminoles

  • Jersey #25
  • Class

As a Prospect

  • Class 2011
  • Committed 9/21/2010
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H.S. Athletic Background

ON THOMAS: The eyes of the nation will be on Aaron Thomas as an All-American, ACC and ACC Player of the Year candidate as the supremely-talented junior leads the Seminoles onto the court for the 2014-15 season...has opened the eyes of his opponents and coaches across the country with his scoring and defensive abilities as her prepares to become an elite college play as a junior...led the Seminoles in scoring and steals and is the fourth leading returning scorer in the ACC for the 2014-15 season...has an incredible ability to attack the basket while possessing a feathery touch from the perimeter on his jump shots which has already made him one of the top shooters in school history...is one of the Seminoles' toughest players - both physically and mentally...one of the toughest players to play for head coach Leonard Hamilton at Florida State... the Seminoles' undisputed leader who has the ability to take over a game on either the offensive or defensive end of the court at any time and who wants the basketball in his hands at all times...is not afraid to speak up in practice and in team huddles for the betterment of the team...earned All-ACC Honorable Mention honors as a sophomore as he averaged a team-leading and career-high 14.5 points per game...enters his junior season with 726 points and needs only 274 points to become only the 44th player in school history to score 1,000 or more career points...averages 363 points per season in the first two years of his career...ranked 18th in school history with his career free throw shooting percentage of .777...enters his junior season looking to become one of only seven players in school history with a free throw shooting percentage better than .800 for his career...named the ACC Rookie of the Week once during his freshman season and the ACC Player of the Week during his sophomore season...is one of only five players in school history (Bob Sura, James Collins, Chris Singleton, Michael Snaer and Thomas) who have been named the ACC Rookie of the Week and the ACC Player of the Week during their Seminole careers...named the MVP of the Seminoles' Orange Bowl Classic victory over No. 20 UMass with 18 points, four rebounds and two assists in Florida State's 61-55 win at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. ...a consistent player who scored 20 or more points seven times and in 29 of 36 games as a sophomore...has earned a leadership role in his first two seasons in Tallahassee and is one of the most confident voices on the team...Florida State's most experienced player who has played in 70 games (each game of his first two seasons) while earning 28 starting assignments including a career-high 16 during his breakout sophomore season...has helped the Seminoles win nine ACC games and finish with a .500 record or better in conference play in both of his first two seasons at Florida State...has also helped the Seminoles continue their tradition under head coach Leonard Hamilton as the third winningest program in the ACC over the last nine seasons...helped lead Florida State to victories over two ranked teams during his sophomore season with the Seminoles' victory over No. 10 VCU in the first round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off and over No. 20 UMass in the Orange Bowl Classic...helped lead Florida State to the championship of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic during the 2012-13 season - the fourth tournament title since 2009 for Florida State men's basketball program...his addition to the team helped the Seminoles earn a national ranking in the major national preseason polls by the Associated Press and the USA Today Newspaper to mark the first time in school history the Seminoles had been ranked in both polls to begin a season...plays well under pressure as evidenced by his high scoring average late in games during his high school and prep school career...has an incredible ability to score the basketball and an amazing ability to create his own shots because of his athletic ability...originally signed with Florida State and head coach Leonard Hamilton in November of 2010 and reaffirmed his commitment to play for the Seminoles during his one season at Brewster Academy...ranked as the No. 13 shooting guard in the nation according to Rivals.com following his post-graduate season at Brewster Academy...the 71st best overall player in the nation following his senior season at Cincinnati Withrow according to Rivals.com...also a standout player for the Queen City Prophets...scored 28 points to lead the Prophets over the Indiana Select AAU team, 81-70, on May 13, 2010..scored 38 points for the Prophets against the New York Gauchos at the AAU Super Showcase in Orlando in July of 2010...earned the Charlie Ward Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year and Bob Sura Offensive Player of the Year awards as the Seminoles 2014 season-ending Honors Banquet...

AS A SOPHOMORE (2014): Averaged a career-high 14.5 points (first on team), a career-high 4.2 rebounds (fourth), a career-high 1.6 steals (first) and 1.8 assists (third) while shooting a career-high .454 from the field (fourth) and a career-high .808 from the free throw line (second)...led the team with a career-high 139 free throws made (first) and ranked third on the team with a career-high 39 3-point shots made...led the Seminoles in minutes played with 1,136 and a team-leading and career high 31.6 minutes played per game average... earned All-ACC Honorable Mention honors as he averaged a team-leading and career-high 14.5 points per game as a sophomore...enjoyed the best of his two year career at Florida State as he established career-highs for games played (36), games started (16), minutes played (1,136), minutes played per game (31.6 mpg), field goals made (172), field goals attempted (379), field goal shooting percentage (.454), free throws made (139), free throws attempted (172), free throw shooting percentage (.808), 3-point field goals made (39), 3-poiint field goals attempted (105), 3-point field goal shooting percentage (.371), offensive rebounds (36), defensive rebounds (116), total rebounds (152), rebounds per game (4.2), assists (65), steals (57), points scored (522) and points scored per game (14.5)...named the ACC Player of the Week on December 23, 2013 for his performances in Florida State's victories over Charlotte and UMass...averaged 22.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists while shooting .600 from the field and the 3-point line and .917 from the free throw line in leading the Seminoles to the pair of wins...scored 44 points in 54 minutes played during the two wins including his career-high of 26 points in only 22 minutes played against Charlotte...he was named the Most Valuable Player of the Seminoles' victory over UMass in the Orange Bowl Classic...earned the fifth best scoring improvement (+8.5 points per game) among all ACC players as he averaged a career-high 14.5 points scored per game as a sophomore as compared to his 6.0 points per game scoring average as a freshman...led Florida State in scoring with 522 points and a 14.5 points per game scoring average - the first sophomore since Solomon Alabi in 2010 to lead the Seminoles in scoring...he became just the seventh sophomore to lead the Seminoles in scoring in the history of the program...ranked 11th in the ACC in scoring with his career-high 14.5 points per game scoring average...the fifth highest ranking sophomore in the ACC in scoring with 522 points...his point scoring total ranked fifth in school history among sophomores and was the 30th highest single season total in school history...averaged in double figures throughout the season and scored in double figures in 29 of Florida State's 36 games...was only 33 points short of scoring in double figures for the season...scored 20 points for the first time in his career with a 26-point performance in Florida State's 106-62 victory over Charlotte in Tallahassee (Dec. 17)...scored 20 points in an ACC game for the first time against ACC newcomer Notre Dame with 20 points in a 76-74 Seminole win in Tallahassee (Jan. 21)...his overall and ACC career high of 26 points came three times during his sophomore season with 26 points against Charlotte, 26 points at Boston College (March 4) and 26 points against Georgetown in the second round of the NIT (March 24)...averages 12.9 points in nine career postseason games (ACC and NIT tournaments) with three games of 21 points or more (22 against Florida Gulf Coast, 26 against Georgetown and 21 against Louisiana Tech) in the 2014 NIT in leading the Seminoles to the semifinals of the NIT at Madison Square Garden in New York City...averaged 17.3 points scored in four NIT games in 2014...scored in double figures in a personal record 16 consecutive games - from January 29 vs. NC State through March 26 vs. Louisiana Tech - and averaged a team-leading 17.6 points per game during the span...first career double double of 19 points and 14 rebounds came in Florida State's victory at Wake Forest (Jan. 15)...the 14 rebounds rank as his career high with a career high for defensive rebounds (10) coming against the Deacons...totaled 18 points in Florida State's victory over No. 13 UMass in the Orange Bowl Classic (Dec. 21)...the Minutemen entered the game undefeated with a 10-0 record...Florida State's leader with a career-high seven 20+-point scoring games...scored 20 or more points against Charlotte (career-high 26 on December 17), at Boston College (26 on March 4), Georgetown in the second round of the NIT (career-high 26 on March 24), Florida Gulf Coast (22 on March 18), Virginia Tech (24 on February 5), Louisiana Tech (21 on March 26) and against Notre Dame (20 on January 21)...Florida State's leading scoring in a team and career-high 14 different games including seven in ACC play and in three of the Seminoles' four games in the NIT...Florida State's leader in rebounding in five games including three ACC games and against Georgetown and Louisiana Tech in the NIT...first career double double of 19 points and 14 rebounds in Florida State's victory at Wake Forest on February 15, 2014...scored or averaged in double figure scoring against 13 of the Seminoles' 14 opponents including 20+ game or averages against Boston College (26.0 ppg), Notre Dame (20.0 ppg) and Virginia Tech (24.0 ppg)... averaged or scored in double figures against Clemson (11.5 ppg), Georgia Tech (15.0 ppg), Maryland (15.0 ppg), Miami (14.0 ppg), North Carolina (16.0 ppg), NC State (12.0 ppg), Pitt (14.0 ppg), Syracuse (14.0 ppg), Virginia (12.3 ppg) and Wake Forest (19.0 ppg)...Florida State's leading scorer in all games (14.5 ppg), ACC games only (14.9 ppg), non-conference games (14.1 ppg), home games (17.4 ppg) and games won by the Seminoles (17.0 ppg)...ranked sixth in the ACC with his 57 steals and a single-season career high 1.6 steals per game average...his steals total was the fifth highest single season total in school history by a sophomore and the most by a Florida State player since Chris Singleton totaled 71 steals during the 2009-10 season...his 57 steals were tied for the 25th highest single season total in school history...his single game career high with six steals against UT-Martin (Nov, 17, 2013) are tied for the 13th highest single game total in school history...earned multiple steals in 16 of Florida State's 36 games...five steals against Virginia ranks as tied for 11th as the highest single game steals total by a Seminole in ACC history...ranked eighth in the ACC with a career-high .808 free throw shooting percentage - was one of nine players in the ACC who shot better than 80 percent from the free throw line during the 2013-14 season...ranked fourth in the ACC with a career-high 139 free throws made - the third highest total of free throws made in a single season by a sophomore at Florida State and the most by a Seminole player since All-American Toney Douglas made 188 free throws during the 2008-09 season...his 139 free throws made were the 13th highest single season total in school history...his 172 free throws attempted were tied for the 23rd highest single season total in school history...he averaged 3.9 made free throws per game as a sophomore as compared to 1.4 free throws made as a freshman - an improvement of 2.5 made free throws per game...ranked third on the team with a single-season career high 39 3-point field goals made and enjoyed one of the greatest shooing nights in school history with a single-game career-high six 3-point shots made in a 70-50 win over Virginia Tech (Feb. 5)...his six made 3-point shots are tied for the 13th best single game effort in school history are tied for the eighth-best single game effort in the Seminoles' history in the ACC..

AS A FRESHMAN (2013): Averaged 6.0 points (fifth on the team), 2.4 rebounds (fifth), 1.1 assists (fifth) and 0.6 steals (fifth) while playing in all 34 games and starting 12 during his first season as a Seminole...his 12 starts ranked sixth on the team and second among Florida State's freshmen (behind only Montay Brandon's 22 starts)...started the final 11 games of the season (February 13 against Miami through March 19 against Louisiana Tech) and returns as a sophomore as one of the Seminoles four starters...named the ACC Rookie of the Week on December 24, 2012 for his performances against Louisiana Monroe and Charlotte as he averaged 17.0 points and 4.5 rebounds while shooting .500 from the field (11 of 22) and .857 from the free throw line (12 of 14) in 68 total minutes (34.0 mpg) in helping the Seminoles to two wins during the week...Thomas made the first start of his career (in Florida State's win over Louisiana Monroe), made seven consecutive free throws and scored 22 of his 34 points (65 percent) for the week in the second halves of the Seminoles' two wins which raised their record to 7-4...averaged 18.6 minutes played per game (seventh on the team) and played in double figure minutes in 32 of 34 games with his career high of 36 minutes played coming in Florida State's win over Charlotte (Dec. 22)...it was against Charlotte that he scored his career high of 17 points, made his career high of seven free throws and attempted his career high of nine free throws as he helped the Seminoles rally from as many as seven down to defeat the 49ers at the Times Warner Cable Arena - the home to the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats...scored 13 of his career-high 17 points in the second half with five points coming on free throws...put the final nail in the coffin for the Seminoles with a free throw with three seconds remaining in the game that forced Charlotte to take a well-defended 3-point shot as Florida State won 79-76...Thomas started the second half against Charlotte, played all 20 minutes, was charged with only one turnover and totaled one blocked shot and one steal as Florida State gained the come-from-behind win over the previously once-beaten 49ers...also scored 17 points in Florida State's win over Louisiana Monroe as he made his career high of six field goals, attempted his career high of 12 field goals, was a career-high tying 1.000 percent (five of five) from the free throw line, pulled down a career-high tying four defensive rebounds and earned a career-high tying six total rebounds in the Seminoles' win over the War Hawks...double figure scoring in six games including three consecutive games against Maine (Dec. 9, 15 points), Louisiana Monroe (Dec. 17, 17 points) and Charlotte (Dec. 22, 17 points) as he averaged 16.3 points (second on the team), 4.7 rebounds and 30.7 minutes while shooting .900 from the free throw line during the three-game stretch...Florida State was 3-0 during the stretch with an average winning margin of 16.7 points per game...scored in double figures in the second game of his career as he totaled 10 points in the Seminoles' win over Buffalo (Nov. 12) in the second round of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in Tallahassee...double figure scoring came twice in ACC play - his ACC career high of 14 points against Duke (Feb. 2) and at Virginia Tech (Feb. 24)...Florida State's fourth leading scorer in the Seminoles' 16 non-conference game with a 7.2 points per game scoring average - 1.2 points per game more than he averaged for the entire season...shot .821 percent from the free throw line (32 of 39) in the Seminoles' 16 non-conference games with a six of six performance (1.000 percent) coming against Maine and a five of five performance (1.000 percent) coming in the Seminoles' victory over Louisiana Monroe...shot .700 percent from the free throw line as a freshman to rank as one of only six Seminoles to shoot .700 percent or better from the free throw line during the 2012-13 season...averaged more than one assist per game with 38 assists in 34 games played - he was one of only five Seminoles with more than 35 assists during the season....his career high of four assists came in his ACC debut on the road at Clemson (Jan. 5) while multiple assists came in 11 different games as a freshman...fifth on the team in steals with his career high of three steals in the Seminoles' win over Tulsa in the Orange Bowl Classic (Dec. 29)...his ACC career high of two steals came in Florida State's win at Maryland (Jan. 9) and against both NC State (Feb. 19) and North Carolina (March 3) on the road in ACC play...one of six Seminoles with at least 10 blocked shots (10, 0.3 bpg)...

AT BREWSTER ACADEMY (2012): Graduated from Brewster Academy in 2012...led Brewster to the No. 1 national ranking by Sports Illustrated in 2012...averaged 17.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game in his only season at Brewster...led the Bobcats to a 33-1 record and the national championship...the national championship was decided on the court at the National Prep Tounament... scored 19 points in a 78-74 victory over Notre Dame Prep in the quarterfinals of the National Prep Tournament in March of 2012...led Brewster to the National Prep Tournament Championship with an 87-76 win over Hargrave Military Academy... best performance of the season came as he scored a game high 23 points to lead Brewster over the Tilton School in a game that was nationally televised by ESPN...Brewster won, 57-53, in the game that was played at Springfield College...sealed the win with a steal with 13 seconds remaining in the game that led directly to a Brewster basket and an insurmountable 55-51 advantage...scored 19 points as Brewster defeated Nerlens Noel and Tilton for a third time and completed the three game sweep of the Bobcats in late February...Tilton was led by Nerlens Noel who was considered to be one of the nation's top recruits...Noel was the No., 1 overall selection in the 2013 NBA Draft...scored his prep school career high of 36 points against No. 22 Notre Dame Prep during the regular season...named to the 2012 Hoophall Classic All-Tournament Team in leading Brewster to the team championship...earned All Northeast Prep School Athletic Conference Second-Team Honors in leading Brewster to the Lakes Region League Championship in 2012...was one of seven Division I signees from Brewster in 2012...Brewster is located in Wolfeboro, N.H...

AT WITHROW: Graduated from Cincinnati's Withrow High School in 2011...averaged a team leading 22.0 points per game as a senior...earned All-Southwest District Second Team honors...a Division I All-Area First Team selection as a senior by the Cincinnati Enquirer...a finalist for the Mr. Basketball Honors in the State of Ohio...led Withrow to the District Championship with a game-high 25 points in an 80-70 win over Troy...a double double of 24 points and 10 rebounds in a 48-35 playoff win over Harrsion...totaled a double double of 30 points, 10 rebounds and four assists as Withrow defeated Detroit Pershing, 83-71, in the Motor City Roundball Classic...scored 23 points to lead Withrow over Michigan East Grand Rapids for their second straight win in the Motor City Roundball Classic...named to the All-Tournament team at the Flyin' To The Hoop Classic in Dayton, Ohio in January of 2011...led Withrow to the state playoffs where they fell to Moeller High School...

AT AIKEN: Attended Cincinnati's Aiken High School as a junior...averaged 22.1 points and 7.3 rebounds and was named the Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference Player of the Year as a junior...the No. 1 ranked player in the city of Cincinnati by Hoopniks.com...was Aiken's leading scorer...an All-Area First Team selection as a junior by the Cincinnati Enquirer...shot 56 percent from the field, 82 percent from the free throw line and scored 30 points or more in four different games...ranked second in the city of Cincinnati in scoring and led his team to the state tournament...averaged 15.0 points scored per game as a sophomore at Western Hills High School in Cincinnati...totaled 28 points in a single game in the 2010 adidas May Classic.

PERSONAL: Born December 3, 1991...Aaron is the son of Katrina Thomas and Dion McBride...his AAU coach, Ozzie Davis, is a very important mentor in his life...named a John Brewster Scholar during every grading period during his year at Brewster...the honor of being named a Brewster Scholar is the highest academic recognition a student at Brewster can achieve...selected Florida State over Ohio State, Clemson, Nebraska, Purdue, Cincinnati, Georgia and Louisville...

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