2014 FIBA Women's World Basketball Championship Live Scores

Shakayla Thomas


Rank: 12

Class: 2014
Position: Forward
Height: 5-11
Hometown: Sylacauga, AL
High School: Sylacauga
Club Team: Alabama Southern Starz
Status: Undecided
School:
Schools Considered: Baylor, Kentucky, Auburn, Florida State, Maryland


2013 Tennessee Miracle Tournament

Easily the top prospect at the event, Shakayla celebrated her birthday by winning a championship in the top bracket.  As impressive as she was last fall, it’s easy to see why she’s ranked No. 16 in the Full Court Fresh 50, as she combines ultra-explosiveness with precision and skill.  At one point in the championship game she made a steal at mid-court, sprinted down the floor and clapped both hands on the backboard as she laid the ball in near the rim.  Thomas’s only down side is sometimes she takes bad shots, often shooting a more difficult spin-move-fade-away-pull-up, when she could have just pulled up.  This minor flaw should be corrected when she gets to high major D-1, and the competition from the opponents is more on her level. - John McGraw

2013 Deep South Classic

In a tournament displaying a wide range of athleticism, Thomas was quite possibly the top athlete in Raleigh. Besides being a high level athlete, Thomas has the ability to play multiple positions on the basketball court.  We envision her at the wing position at the next level.  Currently ranked No. 16 in the Full Court Fresh 50, it's fair to say after how she played at this event, her stock is rising. - Kelvin Powell

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

Notes

As a junior in 2012-13 she averaged 33 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists per game. In January she notched her 3000th career point and was also named the Alabama 5A Player of the Year.

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.

Previous Rank

No. 16

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Thomas averaged 33 points, 16 rebounds and five assi