BRCC_Tyrus_ThomasBaton Rouge Community College Men’s Basketball announced today that former Louisiana State University (LSU) standout and Nation Basketball Association (NBA) first-round draft pick Tyrus Thomas will join the Bears coaching staff. Thomas will serve as a player development coach responsible for coaching on-court skill development programs and assessing individual players’ training progress. 

“Experienced, relatable, and focused are just a few words to describe Tyrus’ work ethic,” said BRCC Head Basketball Coach Byron Starks. “As we grow the BRCC brand, Tyrus is a great addition to the player development of our student-athletes. Playing at the highest level of basketball will give our guys insight from someone who’s been there and done that. We’re excited to have him join our Bear family.”

Thomas joins a coaching staff that finished last season winning seven out of 10 games, earning the Louisiana Community College Athletic Conference (LCCAC) conference championship, and advancing to the Region XXIII Quarterfinals.

Thomas played one year of college basketball at LSU during 2005-2006 before declaring for the NBA Draft. He was selected in the first round as the fourth overall pick in the 2006 draft. Thomas played seven seasons in the NBA with the Chicago Bulls and Charlette Bobcats. Most recently, he has been involved with coaching high school basketball for several years in the Baton Rouge area.

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