Koby Thomas – The Son of Lakers Legend Kobe Bryant
Koby Thomas, son of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, is eager to demonstrate his worth for Team Philly in this tournament’s championship game. On Monday night in Conshohocken he scored 30 points against Just Clean It including the go-ahead basket and game-ending free throws; all while scoring Robert Morris commit Eric Schroer scored 30 himself as well!
Early Life and Education
Koby Thomas, a three-star recruit from Philadelphia, made waves during one season of college basketball at Robert Morris. As a forward he played 33 games for Robert Morris in 2017-18 season averaging 12 points and 6.9 rebounds on an average game basis.
He garnered widespread notice after an outstanding summer with K-Low Elite on Adidas Gauntlet circuit, where he averaged nearly 13 points per game while contributing 4.4 rebounds and 2.3 steals per contest – earning offers from various Atlantic 10 schools as well as high major programs such as VCU, Iona and Missouri State.
So far, no book has comprehensively chronicled Thomas’ life; however, author Mike Sielski was afforded an extraordinary opportunity. He gained access to never-before-released interviews conducted during Thomas’ senior year and early days in the NBA; these tapes and transcripts captured Thomas’ thoughts, dreams, and goals at every step on his path towards superstardom.
Thomas was an incredible tackler on the football field, yet didn’t meet the size requirements set forth by NFL scouts and personnel directors as needed for pro linebacking – only 5’11, 240 pounds with no great vertical jump at 1996 NFL Scouting Combine.
He arrived at LSU as a prolific scorer, and made good on that promise with one of the top freshman scoring seasons ever seen in NCAA Division I history. He registered 22 games of 20 points or more during that season – more than any other Division I player had done that season!
His impressive rookie campaign saw him rack up 154 combined tackles, two sacks, three forced fumbles and an interception, earning him the AFC Defensive Rookie of the Year and Dolphins team Newcomer of the Year awards.
Achievement and Honors
Thomas earned the NEC Rookie of the Year honor after an outstanding freshman campaign, recording 13.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game while also contributing on defense. Thomas played with K-Low Elite on Adidas Gauntlet circuit and earned scholarship offers from Atlantic 10 schools such as Iona, LIU Brooklyn, Missouri State Quinnipiac and VCU.
Thomas hails from Philadelphia and chose Robert Morris over offers from Abilene Christian, Chattanooga, Coppin State, Duquesne Hampton Iona among others. While Thomas was an integral player for Robert Morris he has decided to transfer and will have two years remaining eligibility at another university; therefore leaving their program without key players.
Thomas developed as an impressive two-way player during a highly competitive AAU circuit, where his athleticism on the wings combined with an ability to score off of bounce shots and clean up glass led him to garner interest from Division I programs. Following an outstanding freshman campaign with K-Low Elite and impressive coaches at high major programs such as UIC, Maryland, Iona and VCU.
Thomas led the Colonials in both scoring and rebounding during his sophomore season, appearing in all 33 games and earning NEC All-Rookie team honors. Unfortunately, on Twitter Thomas announced his intention to transfer from this school. With Thomas now leaving they will no longer have three key players from last season as both Dachon Burke and Leondre Washington had also transferred away from them to other schools.
Thomas may share a surname with Kobe Bryant, but isn’t related. Still, Thomas’ career in the NBA has earned him recognition as one of the greats ever to play the game.
He holds the second-shortest record for triple-doubles in NBA history and is an integral member of some of its most successful teams. Additionally, he has played abroad and remains popular within international basketball circles.
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