Position
Forward
Height
6'9
Weight
215 lbs.
Class
Freshman
Hometown
Baton Rouge, La.
High School
McKinley HS

2006 NCAA Atlanta Region MVP
2006 Freshman All-America Team (Collegeinsider.com)
2006 SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year (Coaches)
2006 SEC Freshman of the Year (Coaches, AP)
2006 NABC All-District 8 Second Team
2006 All-SEC Freshman Team — Unanimous (Coaches)
2006 SEC Freshman of the Week (1/9, 1/16, 2/20)
2006 Rivals.com National Freshman of the Week (1/16)

NBA DRAFT
Selected in the first round (fourth overall) by the Portland Trail Blazers in NBA Draft 2006 … draft rights traded by Portland, along with Viktor Khryapa, to Chicago for the draft rights to LaMarcus Aldridge (6/28/06).

REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON (2005-06)
Named the MVP of the Atlanta NCAA Regional after two games vs. Duke and Texas … vs. Duke played 25 minutes, 3-5 FG, 3-6 FT, 9 pts, 13 rebounds, 1 assist, 5 blocks, 1 steal … vs. Texas played 39 minutes, 10-14 FG, 1-3 FT, 21 pts, 13 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 blocks, 1 steal … 39 minutes was the most he played all season in just his fourth game back after suffering a high left ankle sprain in the Kentucky game (2/25) … Texas game was his 14th double double of the year … Averaged 12.3 points per game, 9.2 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game, while making 152-of-250 field goal attempts or 60.8 percent … 20th in the league in scoring, second (behind teammate Glen Davis) in rebounds and the league leader in blocked shots … Was also the league leader in defensive rebounds at 6.41 a game … Earned rare honor of being named the SEC Freshman of the Week in back-to-back weeks in January, including his effort at No. 2 Connecticut (31 minutes, 6-11 FG, 3-7 FT, 15 pts, 13 rebounds, 7 blocks), at Arkansas (35 minutes, 6-11 FG, 13 pts, 14 rebounds) and Tennessee (32 minutes 7-7 FG, 3-3 FT, 17 pts, 9 rebounds, 9 blocks) … Moved into the startling lineup prior to the Cincinnati game (12/34) after coming off the bench for the first nine games … Field goal percentage of 60.8 percent was tied for the seventh best single season field goal percentage in LSU history … Blocked 99 shots for the year, fourth best all-time at LSU topped only by the three years of Shaquille O’Neal … 21 games scoring in double figures, four above 20 points — 22 vs. Nicholls State (11/21), 21 vs. Houston (11/29), 20 vs. Tulane (1/3) and 21 vs. Texas (3/25) … 15 games in double figure rebounds.

FRESHMAN SEASON (2004-05)
Granted a medical redshirt after suffering a neck injury in the preseason practices … Aggravated the injury in his only appearance, a pre-season exhibition game.

PRIOR TO LSU
Played basketball for coach Chauncey Moore at McKinley, averaging 16 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks per game … Honored as the defensive MVP in the local District 7-4A … All-Metro and second team All-State in Class 4A

PERSONAL
Born in Baton Rouge on Aug. 17, 1986 … Full name is Tyrus Wayne Thomas … Right handed … Mother is Jessica Johnson … One brother, Travis, and one sister, Brandy … Nickname is T-Time … Number chosen for LSU is one he wore in second through eighth grade … Favorite music is hip hop and rhythm and blues … Favorite food is fried fish and potato salad … Planning toward sports management major … Favorite NBA team is Philadelphia 76ers and favorite player is Tracy McGrady.

Thomas’ Career Totals

Year

G-GS

Min/Avg

FG-A

Pct

3FG-A

Pct

FT-A

Pct

Reb

Avg

F-DQ

A

TO

B

S

PTS-Avg.

05-06

32-21

829/25.9

152-250

.608

1-1

1.000

90-137

.657

295

9.2

82-1

42

59

99

33

395-12.3

Thomas’ Top Scoring Games
1. 22 — vs. Nicholls State, 11-21-05
2. 21 — vs. Texas (NCAAT), 3-25-06
2. 21 — vs. Houston, 11-29-05
4. 20 — vs. Tulane, 1-3-06
5. 18 — vs. Southern, 11-18-05
6. 17 — vs. Auburn, 2-1-06
6. 17 — vs. Tennessee, 1-14-06
8. 16 — vs. Miss. State, 2-15-06
8. 16 — vs. Arkansas-Monticello, 12-22-05
10. 15 — twice

Career Highs
Points — 22 vs. Nicholls State, 11-21-05
Rebounds — 14, twice
FG Made — 10, twice
FG Attempts — 14, twice
3 PT FG Made — 1, vs. Houston, 11-29-05
3 PT FG Attempts — 1 vs. Houston, 11-29-05
Free Throws Made — 9 vs. Vanderbilt, 2-22-06
Free Throw Attempts — 11, vs. Houston, 11-29-05
Assists — 4, twice
Blocks — 9, vs. Tennessee, 1-14-06
Steals — 4, vs. Ohio State, 12-31-05
Minutes Played — 39, vs. Texas (NCAAT), 3-25-06

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