August 8, 2012 in Professional
Last week, I wrote about former Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State standout James Thomas and his attempts to catch the eye of professional scouts of overseas teams. Turns out, he’s also working on domestic opportunities — he recently tried out for the Grand Rapids Cyclones ABA franchise. From Steve Ungrey of the Grand Rapids Press:
Thomas, a 6-foot-2 standout, played guard for the Eagles and Grand Rapids Community College and finished his college career with a two-year stint at Grand Valley State. He was among 12 who tried out Saturday at LifeQuest Ministries for the upcoming season of the ABA. Players from as far away as Detroit, New York and Wisconsin were among those in attendance.
“I would definitely like to play in Grand Rapids the first year,” Thomas said. “You always want to take your skills overseas if possible because that’s considered close to the level of the NBA, but it would be fun to play for the Cyclones and see how it goes there.”
Nothing against the ABA at all — an opportunity to play professionally is always great — but as someone who averaged nearly 15 points per game last season at Grand Valley in the always tough GLIAC, I wouldn’t be surprised for him to have other options with overseas teams that materialize as well.