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On Thomas: A powerful and dynamic athlete with an outstanding inside-outside game ... a dynamic scorer who provides "instant offense" ... has the ability to hit from mid-range or bang down low for buckets ... owns a team-best .505 career field goal percentage headed into his final season ... an energetic rebounder with 55 percent of his career caroms coming on the offensive glass (77-of-139) ... was rated as high as the No. 32 prospect at power forward in the 2005-06 class by recruiting services ... partial qualifier status and knee injury sidelined him for the 2006-07 season, and has battled through minor injuries for the 2008-09 and 2009-10 campaigns ... Thomas' story of overcoming serious and seemingly insurmountable obstacles - poverty and living on the streets of Harlem during his younger years, dyslexia and learning disabilities growing up as a student, and a serious knee injury several months before his first game at St. John's - to become a college basketball player now on track to graduate has been chronicled by the New York Times, ESPN The Magazine and ESPN's "Outside The Lines."
Steve Lavin On Thomas: "Rob is a remarkable success story. His perseverance in overcoming adversity provides inspiration for all of us. His story is a living testimony of what the mission of St. John's University is all about."
As a Redshirt Junior in 2009-10: Saw action in 12 contests while battling through a groin injury during parts of the season ... scored in 11 of 12 appearances on the year ... averaged 2.3 points and 1.3 rebounds while playing 7.2 minutes per outing ... one of 12 Red Storm players to average at least 7.0 minutes per game ... notched a .500 field goal percentage for the season (11-of-22), good enough for second on the squad ... seven of his 16 rebounds on the year (44 percent) came on the offensive end of the floor ... scored two points with a rebound across eight minutes in a St. John's win at Notre Dame (Feb. 14) ... went 2-of-3 from the field and totaled a season-high four points in the Red Storm's win over Louisville at Madison Square Garden (Feb. 11) ... recorded three-straight BIG EAST games with field goals, scoring two points apiece at Louisville (Jan. 9) and in home wins vs. Cincinnati at The Garden (Jan. 13) and DePaul at Carnesecca Arena (Jan. 17) ... scored three points, connecting on a field goal and a free throw, and grabbed two boards in the BIG EAST opener at Georgetown (Dec. 31) ... totaled three points with five rebounds (three offensive) in 12 minutes in a victory over Bryant at Carnesecca Arena (Dec. 23) ... went 3-for-4 from the field over a three game stretch vs. Fordham (Dec. 13), Hofstra (Dec. 20) and Cornell (Dec. 21), chipping in with two points in each contest ... also grabbed two boards and dealt his lone assist of the season vs. the Rams in Queens ... scored three points in his season debut against Georgia at Madison Square Garden (Dec. 9).
As a Redshirt Sophomore in 2008-09: Saw time in 28 of 32 contests, drawing five starts ... provided "instant offense" for the Red Storm and was one of the most efficient St. John's players, averaging 6.1 points and 3.5 rebounds while playing 13.8 minutes per game ... upped those totals to 7.6 points and 4.1 boards in 15.6 minutes in conference play ... recorded nine games of double-figure scoring and 10 games with five or more rebounds ... grabbed 101 boards on the season, with 58 coming off the offensive glass ... shot at a .511 clip from the field (71-for-141), ranking second on the squad, and his .477 field goal percentage in conference games was second as well ... set a career-high for the second-straight game with 16 points vs. Georgetown (March 3) ... made 6-of-6 free throws against the Hoyas, including 4-of-4 over the final 51 seconds of regulation to tie the game at 51-51 and force the first overtime in the 91 meetings between the BIG EAST rivals ... established his previous career-high one game earlier with 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting in just 14 minutes at DePaul (Feb. 28) ... scored 10 points and added five boards in 14 minutes at Cincinnati (Feb. 11) ... tallied 10 points and grabbed six rebounds at Seton Hall (Feb. 5) ... five of his rebounds vs. the Pirates came at the offensive end ... was 6-of-9 from the field and finished with 13 points and six rebounds in 13 minutes at Pittsburgh (Jan. 11) ... scored 10 points in 18 minutes of action vs. Notre Dame (Jan. 3) ... grabbed a career-high nine rebounds (four offensive) and added 12 points vs. Virginia Tech (Dec. 21) ... in his first career start, scored 11 points and added six rebounds and three blocks vs. Marist (Dec. 20) ... dished his first career assist and tied a career-high with two steals vs. NJIT (Dec. 8) ... reached double-figures for first time with a career-high 13 points vs. Loyola (Ill.) (Dec. 1) ... scored eight points and collected eight rebounds vs. Howard (Nov. 22).
As a Redshirt Freshman in 2007-08: Joined the Red Storm midway through the season and made an immediate impact, playing in 16 contests ... led all regulars with a .481 field goal percentage and a .533 field goal percentage in conference contests ... tallied three points in four minutes of play at Georgetown (Feb. 27) ... scored two points in back-to-back games against Providence (Feb. 9) and at Cincinnati (Feb. 13) ... had two points and one rebound in five minutes of action vs. DePaul (Jan. 12) ... scored six points on 2-of-4 shooting from the floor and grabbed two offensive rebounds at UConn (Jan. 8) ... added four points and four rebounds in 12 minutes vs. Cincinnati (Jan. 5) ... scored in all three games of the Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic, his first three in a St. John's uniform ... tallied eight points by nailing 5-of-6 free throws and drilling a 3-pointer in only 13 minutes against Tulane (Dec. 22) ... totaled six points and grabbed four rebounds in nine minutes at Hawaii (Dec. 21) and two points in four minutes in his collegiate debut against Ohio (Dec. 19) ... sat out the first semester's worth of games as part of his NCAA-mandated year-in-residence.
As a Freshman in 2006-07: Was ruled a partial qualifier by the NCAA ... arrived on campus and began taking classes during January of 2007 ... January to December 2007 marked his year-in-residence, where he concentrated on academics, and was not eligible to suit up for the Red Storm until after December exams ... suffered a knee injury on March 26, 2007, during a pick-up basketball game, where he experienced tears in his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), lateral collateral ligament (LCL) and lateral meniscus ... projected recovery window was 12 months, but his shortened recovery time had him suited up at his eligibility time in December of 2007.
At South Kent: Averaged 20.0 points per game with 11.0 rebounds before being slowed by an ankle injury as a senior in 2005-06 ... scored nearly 25.0 ppg as a junior in 2004-05, leading South Kent to the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) Class A Finals ... selected to the Jordan All-American Classic regional game at Madison Square Garden ... prep school coach was Raphael Chillious ... named the MVP of ABCD Camp during the summer of 2004.
Personal: Robert D. Thomas ... born in New York City ... guardians are Sanayi Beckles and Sean Arnold ... son of Janice Thomas ... has three brothers, John Farmer (31), Christopher Farmer (30), Scott Thomas (22), and four adopted brothers, Norvell Beckles (20), Sean Johnson (14), Jordan Arnold (8) and Shamir Canton (6) ... has two sisters, Tamika Farmer (28) and Janet Thomas (17) ... chose St. John's so he could stay close to home and spend time with his family ... majoring in human services.