LSU's Cameron Thomas to Enter 2021 NBA Draft, Hire Agent

Jenna CiccotelliAnalyst IIApril 15, 2021

LSU guard Cameron Thomas (24) shoots a free throw in the second half an NCAA college basketball game against Tennessee in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021. LSU won 65-78. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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LSU guard Cameron Thomas has declared for the 2021 NBA draft and will sign with an agent.

He announced his decision Thursday on Twitter:

Cameron @24_camthomas

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Alongside Javonte Smart and Trendon Watford, he led LSU to an 18-9 record in the regular season. He earned first-team All-SEC and All-Freshman Team honors for his efforts en route to the NCAA tournament, where the Tigers drew a No. 8 seed and fell to top-seeded Michigan in second-round play. 

The 19-year-old ranked second in the country in overall scoring and fourth in points per game with 23.0 points on 40.6 percent shooting from the field. In 29 games, he scored at least 20 points in 22 of them.

He has never scored less than 16 points, save for a four-minute appearance against Ole Miss when he was limited because of an ankle injury.

Thomas is also proficient from the line, ranking first in the nation in free throws made (194) on an 88.2 percent shooting rate.  

A 5-star recruit, he set a school record for scoring through two seasons at Oak Hill Academy in Chesapeake, Virginia. 

For all his scoring ability, though, Thomas is limited in other aspects of the game. He averaged just 3.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. 

Bleacher Report's Jonathan Wasserman had him going to the Philadelphia 76ers with the No. 28 pick in a February mock draft, noting that he "has a knack for creating opportunities and hitting contested shots." Wasserman listed him at No. 26 in his latest big board.

Travis Branham of 247Sports placed him up higher on his NBA draft big board from February, at No. 13. 


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