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Duke Men's Basketball BIO
42 Lance Thomas

Career Notes

  • An active player on both ends of the floor ... has the ability to be a defensive presence in the post and on the perimeter
  • A solid rebounder with good defensive instincts ... has taken 33 charges in his career
  • His toughness and work ethic are huge assets to the program
  • Posted the top bench press (315 pounds) on the team with 20 repetitions at 185 pounds ... also recorded the second best squat (390 pounds)
  • An efficient scorer with a .570 field goal percentage (167-of-293) through three seasons ... has shot over 50 percent from the field in each of his three seasons at Duke 
  • Averaging 4.6 points and 3.1 rebounds in 100 career games with 62 starts
  • Has 13 double figure scoring games in his career, including one 20-point effort
  • Active in Duke’s award-winning Verizon Read with the Blue Devils, a community outreach reading program in the Durham school district


2008-09

  • Played in all 37 games with 16 starts
  • Averaged 5.3 points and 3.6 rebounds per game, while posting a career-best .626 field goal percentage (72-of-115)
  • Scored in double figures in six games with his first career 20-point contest
  • Recorded three or more rebounds in 22 games with five or more 13 times
  • Tied for second on the team with 10 drawn charges
  • Averaged 7.3 points and 4.5 rebounds, while going 7-of-8 from the field in three NCAA Tournament games
  • Made all five of his field goals and was 4-of-6 from the free throw line for 14 points against Binghamton (3/19) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament
  • Averaged 5.0 rebounds per game in the ACC Tournament ... matched a season-high with eight rebounds against Florida State (3/15) in the championship game
  • Recorded seven points, six rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal against No. 8 Wake Forest (2/22)
  • Tallied nine points, four rebounds and two steals at St. John’s (2/19)
  • Shot a perfect 6-of-6 from the floor for 12 points to go with five rebounds at Boston College (2/15) 
  • Tallied 10 points on a perfect 3-of-3 from the field and 4-of-4 from the foul line to go with five rebounds at No. 10 Clemson (2/4)
  • Tallied seven points, three rebounds, two blocks and two steals versus Maryland (1/24)  
  • Matched a career high with two blocks while making all three of his field goal attempts for six points at Michigan (12/6) 
  • Scored a career-high 21 points on 8-of-8 from the field and 5-of-6 from the foul line to go with six rebounds against Duquesne (11/28) ... the 8-of-8 from the field is tied for the ninth-best shooting performance in school history
  • Grabbed eight rebounds to go with three points against Montana (11/23) 
  • Made a career-high 6-of-6 from the free throw line, finishing with eight points against Southern Illinois (11/20)
  • Scored 10 points on 5-of-7 from the field to go with two rebounds and two steals against Rhode Island (11/16)
  • Made 5-of-6 from the floor and 2-of-3 from the free throw line for 12 points against Presbyterian (11/10) in the first game of the season


2007-08

  • Played in 32 games with 28 starts ... missed two games with an ankle injury
  • Averaged 4.3 points and 3.3 rebounds in 18.5 minutes per game
  • Posted a .505 field goal percentage (49-of-97)
  • Recorded at least five rebounds 12 times, including eight of the 16 ACC games
  • Reached double figures in scoring four times
  • Finished second on the team with 14 charges drawn
  • Tallied 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting and 2-of-2 from the foul line to go with five offensive rebounds against Georgia Tech (3/14) in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals
  • Posted 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting to go along with five rebounds and a career-high two blocked shots at No. 3 North Carolina (2/6)
  • Scored 10 points on 3-of-3 from the field and 4-of-6 from the foul line at Miami (2/20)
  • Recorded 10 points against No. 10 Marquette (11/21) in the championship game of the Maui Invitational
  • His five free throws and four steals in the season opener against N.C. Central (11/9) were both career highs
  • Made 10-of-11 free throw attempts in the first three games, including his first eight attempts of the season


2006-07

  • Played in 31 games, making 18 starts
  • Averaged 4.0 points and 2.5 rebounds, while shooting .568 from the field (46-of-81)
  • Had three double-figure scoring games
  • Second on the team in charges drawn with nine 
  • Grabbed five or more rebounds in a game six times
  • Duke’s first substitution in 12 games
  • Went 2-of-3 from the field and finished with four points and four rebounds against Virginia Commonwealth (3/15)
  • Had six points, two rebounds, one block and one steal against Georgia Tech (2/18)
  • Grabbed five rebounds, including four on the offensive glass, to go along with one point and a steal against Maryland (2/11)
  • Had a perfect shooting night, going 4-of-4 from the field and 1-of-1 from the foul line for nine points and added four boards against Virginia (2/1)
  • Scored 10 points on 3-of-5 shooting from the floor and 4-of-6 shooting from the foul line to go along with a career-high nine rebounds and one steal against Boston College (1/28)
  • Scored six points and added four rebounds and an assist against Miami (1/14)
  • Pulled down eight boards, including five on the offensive end, to go along with six points and a steal against Holy Cross (12/6)
  • Grabbed seven rebounds and had nine points on 3-of-4 shooting from the field and 3-of-3 from the foul line with one steal against Marquette (11/21) in the CBE Classic Championship game ... played a season-high 29 minutes against the Golden Eagles
  • Scored a career-high 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor and had three rebounds and a steal against Air Force (11/20) in the semifinals of the CBE Classic
  • Had seven points, five rebounds and a steal against Georgia Southern (11/13)
  • Scored 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the floor and 4-of-5 from the free throw line to go along with two rebounds and two steals in his collegiate debut against Columbia (11/12)


High School

  • Led Newark St. Benedict’s Prep to a pair of Prep A Division state titles and a 56-3 record in his final two seasons
  • Played for Danny Hurley at St. Benedict’s Prep
  • Averaged 14.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, while shooting 54.0 percent from the floor as a senior
  • Named the prep-school state player of the year by the Newark Star-Ledger in 2006
  • Second team Parade All-America selection
  • Named a 2006 McDonald’s All-America ... had nine points and two steals in the McDonald’s All-American game
  • Helped the West team to a 118-102 victory at the Roundball Classic with 13 points, five rebounds and a steal
  • Averaged 17 points and seven rebounds as a junior
  • Played his freshman and sophomore years at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School
  • Rated as the 18th-best overall prospect (fourth among power forwards) by Scout
  • Ranked 20th overall by The Recruiting Services Consensus Index
  • Rated as the 42nd-best prospect by Rivals.com


USA Basketball

  • Played on the gold medal winning United States Under-18 National Team in 2006 ... averaged 0.5 points and 1.0 rebounds in limited action
  • Helped the Blue team to a silver medal at the 2005 Youth Development Festival ... averaged 9.0 points and 4.3 rebounds in five contests


Personal 

  • Born Lance Thomas on April 24, 1988, in Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Mother, Lily Irvin, is a head manager at a Ford plant in New Jersey
  • Two-year member of the Student Leadership Conference
  • An honor roll student in high school
  • Enjoys drawing
  • Favorite athlete is Jermaine O’Neal
  • A visual arts major
  • Spent a portion of the 2009 summer months working as a graphic designer in the Duke Athletic Department
  • Participates in Role Model Speaker Series at the Emily K Center

 

Position: Forward
Height: 6'8"
Weight: 225
Year: Senior
City/State: Scotch Plains, N.J.
High School: St. Benedict's Prep
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