LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell senior Zach Thomas is going to be busy this weekend in San Antonio, the site of the NCAA men’s basketball Final Four. Thomas has already been selected to play in the inaugural Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship three-on-three tournament, and now he will add the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Reese’s College All-Star Game to his schedule.
The Reese’s All-Star game will be played on the Final Four floor at The Alamodome on Friday at 4:35 p.m. (Eastern) and will be televised live on CBS Sports Network. The contest features 20 top seniors from across Division I basketball, and is part of Final Four Friday, which also includes the open practices for each of the competing teams. Admission is free for the general public.
Thomas will play on the East team, which is coached by Yale’s James Jones. His brother, Boston University’s Joe Jones, will coach the West team.
Thomas’ East teammates include Jaylen Adams of St. Bonaventure, Jordan Howard of Central Arkansas, Marcus Foster of Creighton, Gabe DeVoe of Clemson, Xavier Cooks of Winthrop, George King of Colorado, Peyton Aldridge of Davidson, Thomas Welsh of UCLA, and Vladimir Brodziansky of TCU.
The West roster features Jordan McLaughlin of UCLA, Trae Bell-Haynes of Vermont, Bogdan Bliznyuk of Eastern Washington, Tyler Nelson of Fairfield, Desi Rodriguez of Seton Hall, Hayden Dalton of Wyoming, Yante Maten of Georgia, Gabe Levin of Long Beach State, Ben Lammers of Georgia Tech, and Rokas Gustys of Hofstra.
Thomas will become the first Bison to play in the Reese’s All-Star Game since Mike Muscala in 2013. Muscala, who now plays in the NBA with the Atlanta Hawks, had 15 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots in the game.
Thomas, a biomedical engineering major at Bucknell, was the 2018 Patriot League Player of the Year after leading the league in both scoring (20.5) and rebounding (9.1). He broke school single-season records for points (716), free throws made (241), free throws attempted (310), 20-point games (18) and 30-point games (4). Thomas scored 27 points against Michigan State in the NCAA Tournament earlier this month. Thomas finished his career with 1,738 points, fifth-most in Bucknell history. His 796 rebounds rank 10th all-time.
Thomas was part of a Bison senior class, along with Stephen Brown and Nana Foulland, who became the first in Patriot League history to win four straight regular-season titles. He played in two NITs and two NCAA Tournaments in his career.