Could Khyri Thomas be the next sleeper pick that teams will regret passing on?
Khyri Thomas is a 6-3 guard with a listed wingspan of 6-10 that played three years of collegiate ball at the University of Creighton.
In his junior year, Thomas averaged 15.1 points, 2.8 assists, 4.4 rebounds, and 1.7 steals per game. He finished the season shooting 53.8% from the field and 41.1% from the three. Khyri finished this past season on the second team all Big East team as well as being a two time Big East defensive player of the year.
In today’s NBA, coaches fall in love with two-way guards who can lock up an opponent on the defensive side of the ball and then come back on offense and score in a multitude of ways. Khyri Thomas fits this mold and could instantly make any team better.
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When watching film, Khyri’s perimeter defense seems to be the staple of his already impressive game. Thomas’s 6-10 wingspan has shown to frustrate ball handlers and generate turnovers. Thomas also possesses tremendous lateral quickness and agility to go along with his instincts to think one step ahead of the ball handler. Newly appointed head coach Lloyd Pierce has stressed about improving the Hawks on the defensive side of the ball and should be intrigued by this prospect.
Thomas can also do a multitude of things on the offensive side of the ball. Thomas has a quick first step that can generate space from a defender and has shown that he can finish around the rim with both his left and right hand. This slashing ability can also help draw in opposing teams defenses inside to potentially kick out to an open teammate for an easy shot.
Khyri’s jump shot is very consistent and shoots with a lot of confidence as well as proving himself to be an already great catch and shoot type of player. His shot is very smooth and doesn’t seem to take bad shots that are highly contested. If he can create his own shots off the dribble just as well as his catch and shoot game, it can add a completely new element to his game.
Talks have loomed around the league that Khyri has been moving up draft boards and could potentially be taken in the middle of the 1st round. Coach Pierce should be intrigued by what Thomas could bring to the defensive side of the ball. If Pierce were to stay true to his word on trying to make this team better on that side of the ball, he should seriously consider putting in a word for the Hawks to select Khyri with the 19th overall pick.
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Cody Vickrey | @vickflairdrip
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