NEW ORLEANS, LA (A-STATE) – Arkansas State junior guard Donte Thomas was named the Sun Belt Conference Student-Athlete of the Week for his performances dating back to Dec. 15, the league office announced Monday.
Thomas, also named the College Sports Madness SBC Player of the Week, averaged 15.8 points, 9.0 rebounds and 8.3 assists over the four-game stretch while posting the third triple-double in program history with 14 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds at South Alabama. His triple-double was the fifth in a Sun Belt Conference games since the 1998-99 season and first for A-State since Dereke Tipler had 14 points, 13 assists and 12 rebounds at Troy on Feb. 1, 2006.
Helping A-State open with a 2-0 record in Sun Belt Conference play, Thomas averaged 17 points, 8.5 rebounds and 10.5 assists in the Red Wolves' wins at Troy and South Alabama. Thomas' 20 points and 10 assists at Troy marked the first points-assists double-double by an A-State player since Tipler's triple-double. Over the two games, Thomas was 13-of-18 (72.2 percent) from the field and 1-of-2 from 3-point range with six turnovers and 21 assists while averaging 36.5 minutes.
The four-game reporting period dates back to the Red Wolves 74-70 loss at UT Martin on Dec. 18 and since that date, Thomas has shot a combined 23-33 (69.7 percent) from the floor and 1-of-2 (50 percent) from 3-point range while playing 36.3 minutes. He shot above 66 percent in all four games, posting at least a double-double in three of the four outings. He collected 15 points and nine rebounds at UT Martin and posted his first career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds against Central Arkansas.
A-State returns to the hardwood by opening a four-game homestand against ULM (6-7, 2-0 SBC) on Thursday with tipoff slated for 7:35 p.m. at the Convocation Center. Tickets are on sale for all remaining home games, including four and eight game packs. For more information, visit AStateRedWolves.com/Tickets.