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Thursday / May 30.
  • Hofstra star Tyler Thomas set to begin NBA workouts after winning Haggerty Award

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    TARRYTOWN, N.Y. — After winning the prestigious Haggerty Award on Thursday night, Hofstra star Tyler Thomas is set to begin the next phase of his career.

    And that will involve some 15 NBA workouts in May.

    “Hopefully the workouts go well and it gets the ball rolling and hopefully leads me to a Summer League team,” the 6-foot-3 senior guard from New Haven, Conn. told ZAGSBLOG at the Met Awards dinner.

    Thomas, who averaged 22.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists, is a borderline second-round pick but hopes to sign as a free agent or earn a Two-Way if he isn’t drafted.

    “That’s the hope, that he can go in the second round,” said Hofstra assistant Mike DePaoli. “If not, that he makes a Summer League team and goes from there.”

    DePaoli pointed out that former Hofstra star Aaron Estrada, who helped lead Alabama to the Final Four this season, also has a shot to be drafted in the second round or signed on a Two-Way.

    “We could have two guys in the same draft class right now,” DePaoli said.

    Thomas hopes to be invited to the G League Combine beginning May 11 in Chicago. The NBA Combine starts May 13.

    “Yeah, I should be invited to the [G-League Combine],” he said.

    During the Combine and the workouts, he wants to show his skillset to NBA scouts, including his long-range shooting ability. He averaged 3.7 makes from deep per game and made 125 3-pointers, a CAA record.

    “I can shoot pretty well,” he said.

    Thomas’ mother, Charmaine White, is a native of Barbados and Thomas said that whole side of the family is still there.

    What would it mean for them if he made an NBA team?

    “They would probably be very excited, I would guess,” he said.

    What would it feel like if he hears his name on Draft night?

    “I might cry,” Thomas said.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

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