May 26, 2020
Matt Thomas grew up in Onalaska, Wisconsin where he made a name for himself as one of the best shooters in his recruiting class. Thomas had several Division I offers but had a connection to Cyclone basketball. His ability to shoot matched perfectly with Fred Hoiberg’s system at Iowa State University. As a Cyclone, Matt Thomas was part of four straight Cyclone teams that won more than 20 games and ranked in the top 10 multiple times. Thomas played with some of the best Cyclones in recent history, including Monte Morris and Georges Niang. Thomas’s time in Ames also included the head coach transition from Fred Hoiberg to Steve Prohm. During the 2015-2016 season, Prohm’s first season at the helm, Thomas and the Cyclones had a tremendous season that ended with the heartbreaking Sweet Sixteen loss to Virginia in the United Center.
Matt Thomas went undrafted after the 2016-2017 season and though he burned up the nets for the Lakers NBA summer league team, he started his professional career in Spain. Thomas continued his hot shooting for two different Spanish clubs. In fact, Thomas earned the nickname Mr. 99% for his deadly catch-and-shoot accuracy. Playing professionally helped him develop his all-around game at the highest level of basketball in Europe.
Thomas spent two years in Spain proving his ability all over the court and earned the call from the Toronto Raptors to start the current NBA season. Thomas made his debut for the Raptors on the same court where he and the Cyclones lost to the Virginia Cavaliers in March 2016. After recovering from a broken finger, Thomas was starting to find his stride for the Raptors before the pandemic put the NBA season on hold and is poised to make a fast start when the NBA returns.