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23 Zach Thomas

Smooth, versatile forward who has played primarily at the “4” spot ... tremendous offensive player who can shoot, drive and pass ... size and skill makes him very difficult to defend ... biggest adjustment to the college game has been at the defensive end of the floor, but has made big strides there ... became Bucknell’s 41st 1,000-point scorer during the 2017 Patriot League championship game win over Lehigh ... ranks 31st on Bucknell’s all-time scoring list with 1,098 points.

2017-18
Team co-captain ... Preseason All-Patriot League selection ... had quite a season-opener, setting career highs with 31 pts. (12-23 FG, 5-11 3FG, 2-8 FT), 16 reb. ... had 24 pts., 11 reb. in 2nd half alone ... Bucknell’s first 30-pt., 15-reb. game since Boakai Lalugba in 2001-02 ... followed up that performance with a 24-pt., 10-reb. game at Arkansas ... hit 5-7 3FG against the Razorbacks ... named Patriot League Player of the Week on 11/13 after those two games ... logged 21 pts. at North Carolina, making him the first Bison since Mike Bright in 1991-92 to start a season with 3 straight 20-pt. games.

2016-17
Blossomed into one of the Patriot League’s elite players ... First Team All-Patriot League and Patriot League Tournament MVP selection ... NABC District 13 First Team All-Star selection ... contributed at a high level in every phase of the game ... led the team in scoring at 15.9 ppg, while shooting 47.4 FG%, 40.9 3FG%, 81.4 FT% ... ranked in the top 15 in the PL in 8 different statistical categories ... only player in the league to rank in the top 10 in scoring (3rd), rebounding (6th) and assists (10th) ... ranked 6th nationally in assists among forwards ... also ranked in the top 10 in the PL in all 3 shooting categories: FG% (9th), 3FG% (5th), FT% (3rd) ... scored in double figures in all but 2 games and had 8 20-pt. games ... 5 double-doubles ... 558 pts. rank 7th on Bucknell’s single-season chart ... 140 made FTs are 8th-most in a season at Bucknell ... first Bison to record 500 pts. and 100 asst. in a season since J.R. Holden in 1997-98 ... had a monster game on opening night vs. Manhattan, with 25 pts. (7-12 FG, 10-14 FT), 8 reb., 5 asst., 2 blk, 2 stl. ... 25 pts. tied his career high ... point total was the highest by a Bucknell player on opening night since Bryan Bailey scored 31 against Central Connecticut State on Nov. 16, 2001 ... led the team in scoring again at Wake Forest with 16 pts. (6-12 FG, 3-5 3FG) ... just missed a triple-double vs. Robert Morris: 19 pts., 11 reb., 8 asst. ... became the first Bucknell player to record 60 points in the first three games of the season since Chris Simpson netted 62 to open the 1993-94 season ... led team with 17 pts. (7-11 FG) in win at Vanderbilt ... tied for team-high scoring honors with 14 pts. vs. Norfolk State ... led squad with 22 pts. (7-14 FG, 3-4 3FG) in win over Northern Colorado ... 14 pts., 7 reb., 5 asst. in home win over Richmond ... led team with 19 pts. at Siena ... had another strong all-around game in a home win over Mount St. Mary’s: 16 pts., 8 reb., 7 asst., 4 blk., 3 stl. ... wrapped up non-league play with 21 pts. (5-9 FG, 4-5 3FG, 7-9 FT), 11 reb. vs. Princeton ... was having a rough night at Navy, but scored all 5 of his pts. in big spots in the final 3 min. to help Bucknell complete a comeback win ... bounced back with 19 pts. in home win over Army ... big game at Holy Cross with 11 pts. (5-7 FG, 1-1 3FG), 9 reb., 5 asst. ... double-double in home win over Loyola with 18 pts. (8-10 FG, 2-2 3FG), 11 reb. ... tough shooting night vs. Boston U. (1-10 FG), but hit a huge 3FG with 0:50 left and tied career high with 8 asst. ... came back with a double-double (14 pts., 10 reb.) in road win at Lafayette ... big day at West Point with 17 pts. (8-12 FG), 6 reb., 6 asst. ... attempted then-career-high 17 FG (8-17) and finished with 21 pts., 9 reb., 5 asst. in home win over American ... huge night in home win over Holy Cross, finishing with career-high 27 pts. on only 9 FGA (7-9 FG, 4-5 3FG, 9-10 FT) along with 6 reb., 3 asst. ... made it 3 straight 20-pt. games with 20 pts., 10 reb. at Lehigh ... 17 pts. and career-high 4 stl. in home win over Colgate ... tallied 13 pts. (3-5 FG, 2-2 3G, 5-6 FT), 5 reb., 5 asst., 5 stl. at Loyola despite some foul trouble ... another strong all-around night with 20 pts. (6-12 FG, 4-8 3FG, 4-5 FT), 7 reb., 7 asst. in home rout of Lafayette ... 14 pts., 7 reb., 5 asst., 3 stl. in PL Tourney win over Army ... in PL Semi win over Navy had game-high 22 pts. (8-13 FG, 5-6 FT), 5 asst. ... tallied 17 pts., 9 reb., 7 asst. in championship-game win over Lehigh ... averaged 17.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 5.7 apg in postseason and earned PL Tournament MVP honors ... tallied 13 pts., 6 reb. in NCAA Tournament game vs. West Virginia.

2015-16
Appeared in 29 games with 12 starts at forward ... started the 1st 11 games of season at the 4 spot, and then primarily came off the bench after returning from an ankle injury ... was Bucknell’s 3rd-leading scorer at 10.3 ppg and No. 2 rebounder at 5.7 rpg ... shot 46.6 FG%, 37.2 3FG%, 69.6 FT% ... scored in double figures 17 times and had double-figure rebounds 5 times (5 double-doubles) ... ranked 10th in the Patriot League in rebounding, 12th in 3FG%, 14th in FG%, 30th in scoring ... had a big game vs. Wake Forest with 18 pts. (7-12 FG, 2-5 3FG, 2-2 FT), 3 asst., 2 stl. in 29 min. ... scored 10 of team’s first 12 pts. ... got out to another fast start at Robert Morris, scoring 8 of team’s first 10 pts. en route to 19-pt. night ... posted 1st double-double of season with 15 pts., 10 reb. in win at Manhattan ... made then-career-high 8 FGs and had 20 pts., 6 reb., vs. Siena ... tallied 11 pts., 10 reb. vs. Columbia ... had a huge game at N.C. State, setting career highs with 25 pts. (9-16 FG, 4-5 3FG, 3-4 FT), 5 asst., 3 stl. ... limited to 4 min. vs. Fairfield and then missed the Navy home game and Army away game due to ankle injury ... was hobbled by the injury upon returning to the lineup as a reserve, before breaking out again with 11 pts., 8 reb., 2 blk. in win at Loyola ... followed that up with 13 pts., 7 reb. in win at Boston U. ... 11 pts., 8 reb. in home win over Lafayette ... big day in win at Holy Cross with 14 pts. (5-7 FG, 4-5 3FG), 10 reb. in 22 min. ... led team with 17 pts. (6-8 FG, 3-4 3FG, 2-2 FT) in home game vs. Lehigh ... double-double with 15 pts., 10 reb. at Colgate ... went 8-12 FT, tying career high for attempts ... had a huge game vs. Holy Cross in PL Quarterfinals, with 19 pts. (6-10 FG, 4-6 3FG, 3-4 FT), 10 reb., 3 asst. ... hit a go-ahead 3FG with 0:43 left in regulation and 2 big FTs with 0:09 left in the first OT period to put Bucknell up 3, but Holy Cross rallied both times and won in 2OT ... tallied 15 pts., 7 reb., 4 asst, 2 blk. in NIT game at Monmouth.

2014-15
After seeing limited action in November and December, burst into the rotation with a memorable 21-pt., 8-reb. performance against Lafayette on Jan. 7 ... was a frontcourt regular throughout Patriot League play, and he was a starter in the final nine games of the season ... played in 22 games in total, averaging 7.5 ppg and 3.8 rpg ... team’s No. 3 scorer ... shot 45.9 FG%, 51.4 3FG% and 75.7 FT% ... made his first 6 collegiate 3FG attempts ... made 13 of 18 3FG attempts at home ... made collegiate debut at Michigan and recorded 2 pts., 2 reb. ... scored 4 pts. at Toledo ... had a dunk, 3 reb. and 1 asst. in 2 min. vs. Case Western ... breakout game came in home win over Lafayette, when he played 20 min. and piled up 21 pts. (7-11 FG, 4-4 3FG, 3-5 FT), 8 reb. and no TOs ... had just 8 pts. in 17 min. all season before the Lafayette game ... missed the following game at Holy Cross after injuring his thumb in practice ... returned vs. Navy and scored 5 pts., including a 3FG ... hit another 3FG to make him 6-6 on season and scored 8 pts. (3-3 FG) in home win over Army ... had a remarkable performance in a come-from-behind win over Lehigh ... scored 15 of his 19 pts. (5-7 FG, 3-3 3FG, 6-9 FT) in final 6:27 of game, including 12 in 1:46 as Bucknell rallied from 16 down with 9:00 to play ... recorded 1st career double-double with 12 pts. (1-2 FG, 10-12 FT), 11 reb. vs. Holy Cross ... hit 9-9 FT in 2nd half of that win ... made 1st career start in win at Navy ... hit 5-7 3FG and had 17 pts. in win at Army ... just missed a double-double with 13 pts., 9 reb. in home win over Loyola ... recorded 2nd double-double with 12 pts., 10 reb. (4-5 FG, 4-5 FT) in title-clinching win at American ... made postseason debut with 19 pts. (4-5 FG, 1-2 3FG, 10-12 FT) in win over Holy Cross ... tallied 15 pts. (4-6 FG, 2-3 3FG, 5-5 FT) along with 6 reb. in PL semifinals vs. Lafayette.

HIGH SCHOOL/PERSONAL
Full name is Zachary Ryan Thomas ... born June 21, 1996 in Maplewood, Minn. ... son of Eric and Maureen Thomas ... has an older brother, Kyle ... 2014 graduate of Oakdale High School ... broke school records for points (2,281) and rebounds (864) during an outstanding basketball career ... graduated as the No. 2 all-time scoring leader in Maryland public school history and as the all-time scoring leader in Frederick County ... averaged 25.0 points per game as a senior and 22.6 for his career ... single-game high was 45 points ... also averaged 9.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 blocks as a senior, when he led Oakdale to a 22-5 record and a berth in the state championship game ... team made the state semifinals with a 22-4 record in 2013 ... four-year team captain ... three-time Frederick News Post Player of the Year ... first team all-state in 2014 and fourth team all-state in 2013 ... named to DMVelite All-Star Team ... Maryland Crab Ball Classic State All-Star ... Round Ball Classic All-Star ... named school’s Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year ... played AAU ball for Mid-Atlantic Select ... also played two years of varsity soccer and was an honorable mention all-area selection in 2011 ... majoring in biomedical engineering ... member of 2015 and 2016 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.

Position: Forward
Height: 6'7"
Weight: 228
Year: Senior
Hometown: Ijamsville, Md.
High School: Oakdale
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