For most of his high school basketball career at Gonzaga, Tyrell Thomas played alongside more decorated players such as 2013 All-Met Player of the Year Kris Jenkins and current North Carolina guard Nate Britt. But the senior guard’s impact outside the box score didn’t go unnoticed by teammates, coaches and ultimately Virginia Wesleyan, where last week Thomas committed to play.
The 5-foot-10 guard chose the Marlins following an official visit to the Virginia Beach campus, citing the connection he built with the staff and a chance to fill the team’s need at the point guard position. Thomas also received strong interest from Maryland-Eastern Shore and Shenandoah.
“It’s a great campus, great environment and it felt like a place I’d be really comfortable at,” Thomas said. “They have a lot of trust in me and what I can bring to the program, and that means a lot.”
Thomas averaged 3.1 points this past season for Gonzaga and capably helped fill the void after starting point guard went down with a hand injury early in the season. At Virginia Wesleyan, he will join former Wakefield guard Khory Moore, who averaged 11.7 points during a stellar freshman campaign that saw him earn Old Dominion Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year honors.
“Khory is a good friend of mine because we played on the same AAU team, so I’m looking forward to playing with him again,” Thomas said. “The coaches said I have an opportunity to play early. I just need to work on my jump shot and get stronger with my conditioning, so that’ll be my focus this summer.”
NUMBER CRUNCH: 11
Strikeouts by Poolesville’s Robbie Metz to lead the No. 3 Falcons past No. 9 Gaithersburg by the score of 2-1 on Monday.
PHOTO GALLERY OF THE DAY
-Georgetown Prep’s Brendan Peel sank a 10-foot putt on the last hole to seal his win at Monday’s IAC golf championship. Landon won the team crown for the first time since 2012.
-Maryland public schools will implement the Heads Up Football tackling program for their high school football teams during the 2014 season.
-Freddy Mesmer led Gonzaga to its fifth straight WCAC tennis title on Monday.
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WHAT TO WATCH FOR TODAY
Girls’ soccer: No. 7 Stone Bridge at No. 3 Tuscarora, 7:30 p.m.
Stone Bridge will open play Tuesday in the tough Virginia Conference 14 against the talented Huskies. Both teams are not only coming off their first losses of the season but also their first allowed goals on the year.