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Thomas participates in Portsmouth Invitational

George Mason Basketball: Thomas participates in Portsmouth Invitational

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Thomas participates in Portsmouth Invitational

In what will probably be his last real basketball experience in the states, Will Thomas joined other college hoops standouts in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament this past week. Thomas had 17 points in the first game, and I wish I could be witnessing his last days of basketball in the U.S. before he undoubtedly ends up playing Pro ball over seas. Almost a sad realization that he will join the likes of Jai Lewis, Tony Skinn, and Lamar Butler playing ball in a distant far away land that is not the NBA. But then again playing basketball professionally any where for six figure salaries is nothing to complain about.


Blogger Matt Scanlon said...

Are they really making six figures?

5:00 PM  
Blogger Christopher said...

They do pretty well, but I think Jai Lewis plays in Israel or something, so he has to basically fear for his life every day.

I really think Will could be an off the bench guy in the NBA. Maybe someday he will get the chance. I wonder if he could make an NBDL team at least?

12:17 PM  
Blogger B-Mac98 said...

You don't want to play in the D-League. Rookies make $12K/yr plus expenses. Overseas, I read that Butler, Skin and Jai are making between $5k and $10k a month for a five month season.

This story is a year old, but check it out. Yahoo! did a "George Mason One Year Later" series and talked about what these three guys go through to find the right fit overseas. If you don't have time to read them, here are the highlights:

1) Tony Skinn's first team in France thought they were getting a pass-first point guard...what the hell were they thinking?

2) Lamar Butler couldn't make out the food labels in the Czech Republic, but thought he was safe when he grabbed a bottle of milk. When he poured it on his cereal, he thought it was strange that it was so thick. One of his teammates pointed out that he bought cat milk.

3) Jai Lewis' teammates are all in the Israeli army and carry their m-16s with them to practice. Losing your weapon automatically doubles your 5 year mandatory service in the Israeli army.

Read the yahoo story.

2:05 PM  

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