zz – Kendrick Thomas(Sophomore)(Red-Shirt)

The Antelope Valley College coaching staff received a call from Kendrick Thomas, 6’7”, 215 forward from Citrus College, expressing interest in playing for AVC.  Thomas was a starter for the Citrus team who along with AVC made this year’s final four in the state tournament.  Kendrick led Citrus in rebounding with 244(8.1 per game) and scored nearly 9 points per game.  Thomas will be a red-shirt with AVC this year per NCAA and California Community College transfer rules. 

The following is an interview with Kendrick:

“I am really looking forward to playing at Antelope Valley College.”  “I know Mike Scott and Vadal Faniel who are really good players and they recommended that I come to AVC as it was a really great program.” 

When I interview Kendrick he had positive things to say about Citrus College.  “It’s a cool program and they treated me well.”  “However, I feel that I will fit in well at Antelope Valley.”  “The coaches at AVC are really good and they place a lot of players in D-1 universities.”   Thomas came from a high school program that played a solid half court style of basketball and he should feel very comfortable with AVC’s style of basketball.  He is very athletic, strong, and a tough defender. 

“I feel the most comfortable at the 3-position.” “I have a good mid-range shot and get to the basket good.”  “I am strong rebounder and play good defense.”  When asked what he believes that he need to improve on he said, “I need to shoot the 3-ball better.” 

Kendrick’s goals  for the future is a degree in Kinesiology.  He wants to play basketball at the D-1 level and if possible professional basketball. 

Kendrick Thomas at 6’7”, 215 has great size for a college small forward.  He has proved his ability to score, rebound and play defense in his first college basketball year.  Add a year of coaching to improve his 3-point shooting in a D-1 style program, Thomas has a great chance of being an outstanding university player.  Additionally, Kendrick will be concentrating on his academics in this red-shirt year as he learns the AVC program and players.

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