Former Toro Thomas added to US Select Team


Lance ThomasIt looks like former Austin Toros forward Lance Thomas will be joining San Antonio Spurs forwards DeJuan Blair and Kawhi Leonard on the 2012 USA Men’s Select Team.

Thomas, who played for the Toros for parts of the last two seasons got several call ups this season to play for the New Orleans Hornets.

Thomas will join Blair and Leonard during training camp from July 6-11 in Las Vegas. They’ll train against the 2012 USA Men’s Basketball National Team.

“We made a commitment back in October that we would select two players from the 2011 USA Pan American Games Team and invite them to be part of the 2012 USA Select Team,” explained Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball chairman. “Greg (Stiemsma) and Lance (Thomas) were valuable contributors to the USA’s bronze medal showing at the 2011 Pan American Games and both earned their way on to NBA rosters this season and demonstrated they can contribute at that level. I’m pleased to have both players join the USA Select Team.” 

Thomas made his mark in the Pan American games. While he averaged just over eight points and seven rebounds per game off the bench, he had a big game against the Dominican Republic, finishing with 15 points and 16 rebounds.

Thomas also worked out for the Spurs in two mini-camps prior to the NBA lockout last summer.