Sunday, December 19, 2010

Where Are They Now? -- Chris Thomas

Notre Dame basketball fans will remember how big a deal it was when Chris Thomas committed to play for the Fighting Irish.  Thomas, Indiana's "Mr. Basketball" was the top point guard in the country and he picked Notre Dame over Duke, Michigan State, Indiana, Stanford and Purdue.  While at Notre Dame, Thomas received many honors, including; Big East Rookie of the Year, National Freshman of the Year, 2nd Team All Big East, etc.  After his sophomore season, Chris took a look at leaving school early for the NBA Draft, but after learning his draft status he returned to ND to play his last two seasons.  Unfortunately for Chris, he injured a knee prior to his senior season which required surgery -- and it never fully healed that season.  Thomas did leave Notre Dame as it's all-time assist leader, it's third all-time leading scorer and the distinction of recording the only "triple-double" in school history, against University of New Hampshire, when he scored 24 points, had 11 assists, and 11 steals in his very first college game at Notre Dame!  Chris was named to Notre Dame's 25 member All Century Team.  Since graduating from Notre Dame in 2005, Thomas has been playing pro basketball in Europe.  He's played for teams in Italy, Greece, Poland and Spain (the photo above is from Chris playing in Spain).  This season, Chris is back in Poland playing for Anwil Wloclawek -- where he's averaging 7.5 pts. after eight games this season.  Here's a link to his season stats and the team's profile on a euro pro basketball website:



Santa Visits Notre Dame a Week Early!

The jolly man in the red and white suit visited the Hammes Bookstore yesterday, on the University of Notre Dame campus -- and Fr. Jenkins joined in the fun as well.  Santa's visit benefited the Boys and Girls Club of St. Joseph County.  Here's a link to WNDU-TV's story: