Rank: 16Class: 2014
Hometown: Sylacauga, AL
High School: Sylacauga
Club Team: Alabama Souther Starz
Schools Considered: Baylor, Kentucky, Auburn, Florida State, Maryland
2012 Adidas Memorial Showcase
The explosive, athletic 6-foot wing showed the ability to play on the perimeter as well as in the low post. In the paint she used a very nice up-and-under move to effectively score. Thomas likes to face up and attack off the dribble, finishing at the basket or stroking the short pull-up jumper. On the perimeter, she can knock down the mid-range or 3-point shot. She loves to get out and finish off the break and used her excellent body control to adjust in mid-air to get shots off against taller defenders. She has a series of spin and hesitation moves that create space to finish at the rack. Thomas rebounds extremely well and can defend on the perimeter or post quite effectively. She has a mature game with a body like a super hero. Thomas' game and physique is unmatched in her class and should be considered among the best. - Prentice Beverly
2012 Battle in Franklin
Shakayla left no doubt in my mind after her game on Sunday that she is clearly a top 25 player in her class. She had a dominating performance in which she used her amazing body, strength and athleticism to score, rebound and steal the ball at will. The only thing I didn’t see her do was shoot a perimeter jumper, but quite frankly she didn’t need to. She finishes in transition, on the block, with runners and floaters in the lane and on the offensive rebound putback -- and she can get hammered and still finish. Top that with an aggressiveness and feistiness seen in only true competitors and Shakayla is poised to make a name for herself at the college level and perhaps beyond. - John McGraw
As a sophomore in 2011-12, averaged 33 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists per game. Named the 2012 Alabama Class 5A Player of the Year.
Read more: The Daily Home - Shakayla Thomas named Class 5A Player of the Year
Thomas averaged 33 points, 16 rebounds and five assists per game. With Thomas in the lineup this season the Lady Aggies went 12-5.