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SHAKAYLA THOMAS

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Shakayla's Profile

(Updated July 2017)
position
Forward
height
5'11"
year
Senior
hometown
Sylacauga, Ala.
high school
Sylacauga High School

Honors:

Junior Season: 2017 Watch List for Wooden Award, Naismith And Wade Trophies…33rd Seminole and 10th-Fastest Ever to Reach 1,000 Career Points…Paradise Jam All-Tournament Team…7th-Fastest Player to Reach 500 Field Goals Made…Naismith Top 30…B/R Panel All-Acc First Team…Coaches’ ACC Player of The Year…WBCA All-Region Honoree…WBCA All-American…Associated Press All-American.

Sophomore Season: WBCA Honorable Mention All-American…Sue Galkantas Offensive Player of the Year…WBCA All-Region Honoree…All-ACC First Team (BR Panel & ACC Coaches)…ACC Sixth Player of the Year (BR Panel)…NCAA National Player of the Week (Jan. 12, 2016)…ACC Player of the Week (Jan. 11, 2016).

Freshman Season: ACC Sixth Player of the Year (Blue Ribbon & ACC Coaches)…All-ACC Freshman Team…ACC All-Tournament First Team.

Junior Season (2016-17):

  • Led Florida State in points per game (14.9 points), field goals made (212) and tied teammate Chatrice White with six double-doubles.
  • Totaled eight of Florida State’s 14 20-point games.
  • Led the Seminoles in the NCAA postseason with 15.8 points and 11.0 rebounds per game.
  • Recorded 26 double-figure scoring performances and had 17 games where she shot 50 percent or better from the field (minimum of five attempts).
  • Led the Seminoles in scoring in 15 games.
  • Ranked sixth in the ACC in field goal percentage in conference play at 54.3 percent.
  • Her 14.9 points per game ties for 13th-best on the single-season list, while her 212 field goals made is eighth.
  • Only Thomas and FSU all-time scoring leader Sue Galkantas have multiple seasons with 200+ made field goals (Thomas had 227 as a sophomore).
  • Generated her third straight NCAA Tournament double-double with 12 points and 11 boards vs. Oregon State (3/25/17)…
  • Totaled 20 points and 11 boards, her 10th career double-double, vs. Mizzou in NCAA Second Round (3/19/17).
  • Had her ninth career double-double with 23 points and 14 boards vs. WIU (3/17/17).
  • Recorded 13 points and two steals in ACC Tournament quarterfinals vs. Miami (3/3/17).
  • Had 10 points and three rebounds at Notre Dame (2/26/17).
  • Missed games vs. Clemson (2/18) and Pittsburgh (2/23) due to shoulder injury.
  • Scored a team-best 23 points (9-of-34) and had 11 rebounds vs. Texas (2/13/17).
  • Tied for the team high in scoring with 19 points (8-of-17) vs. Miami (2/6/17).
  • Went 10-of-12 for 20 points with career-best five steals at Boston College (2/2/17).
  • Led Florida State with 17 points, four rebounds and two steals at Georgia Tech (1/26/17).
  • Played 21 minutes in win over Virginia Tech recording 17 points, four rebounds and two steals (1/22/17).
  • Team-high 17 points (7-of-11) against Syracuse (1/19/17).
  • Season-high 24 points, including 18 in second half, vs. No. 9 Louisville (1/12/17).
  • Scored 22 points on 10-17 shooting with 8 rebounds in 28 minutes vs. Duke (1/8/17).
  • Had 14 points and 11 rebounds in win at No. 11 Miami (12/29/16).
  • Totaled 12 points (5-of-9) with three assists vs. UNF (12/19/16).
  • Recorded 15 points and six rebounds along with three assists at UAB (12/10/16).
  • Went for 16 points and two steals vs. Florida (12/8/16).
  • Put up 18 points along with six rebounds in win over Western Carolina (12/04/16).
  • Recorded 19 points, 11 rebounds and one steal in Paradise Jam title win over Michigan, her sixth career double-double (11/26/16).
  • In win over Gonzaga had 14 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals (11/25/16).
  • Recorded a game-high 17 points and tied a season high in rebounds grabbing seven against James Madison (11/20/16).
  • Game-high 20 points in 20 minutes vs. Jacksonville (11/17/16).
  • Totaled 14 points and seven rebounds in 26 minutes vs. UConn (11/14/16).
  • Led Florida State with 16 points, six rebounds and two blocks vs. Jacksonville State (11/11/16).

Sophomore Season (2015-16):

  • Led the Seminoles with 16.4 points per game.
  • Amassed double figures in 30 of her 32 games played, by far the most on the team.
  • Finished in the Top 50 nationally in field goal percentage (34th – 53.7 percent) and field goals made (41st – 227).
  • Her 16.4 points per game primarily  came in just 25.3 minutes per game off the bench.
  • Started eight of her 32 games played.
  • Averaged 5.5 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game.
  • Her 524 total points scored is tied for the seventh-most in FSU history.
  • Thomas’ 227 made field goals is the fifth-most in a single season at FSU.
  • Amounted eight 20-point games, tying for the fourth-most in the ACC.
  • Top 10 marks in the ACC in scoring (fourth) and field goal percentage (sixth).
  • In conference play, she finished third (17.5 points) and fourth (54.6 percent) in the ACC in scoring and field goal percentage, respectively.
  • Notched 10 points along with two boards and two steals at Florida (11/16/15).
  • Career-high 26 points (10-of-19) along with eight rebounds and three steals vs. Tulane (11/19/15).
  • Went 8-of-12 from the floor with 17 points and four boards against UAB (11/22/15).
  • Career-best four assists to go along with 18 points and nine rebounds against UNF (11/24/15).
  • Seven points and seven boards at LIU-Brooklyn (11/27/15).
  • Scored 16 points (7-of-9) and added seven rebounds against Sam Houston State (11/28/15).
  • Was a strong paint presence vs. Rutgers, scoring 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting (12/3/15).
  • Posted her second career 20-point game with 23 points (9-of-17) and 10 rebounds (fourth career double-double) vs. Temple (12/6/15).
  • FSU’s offensive force at No. 1 UConn, scoring 16 points on 8-of-16 shooting (12/11/15).
  • Scored 18 points on nine field goals made vs. Mercer (12/15/15).
  • Another efficient performance against Murray State, going 9-of-10 for 21 points.
  • Scored 11 points with five rebounds at Arizona State (12/21/15).
  • Delivered a game-high 23 points, including 15 in the second half, along with four blocks against Jacksonville (12/28/15).
  • Went 7-of-13 for 15 points with seven boards at Louisville (1/1/16).
  • Tied for the team lead with 14 points while adding five rebounds and two steals (1/7/16).
  • Established a career-high 32 points on 14-of-20 shooting along with career-best 14 rebounds vs. Georgia Tech, becoming the 19th Seminole to post a 30-point game (1/10/16).
  • Earned ACC Player of the Week honors for the first time following her performance vs. the Yellow Jackets.
  • Went 6-of-10 from the field and scored 12 points with five rebounds at Pitt (1/17/16).
  • Scored 20 points vs. UVA, including 16 in the second half (10-of-13 overall).
  • Poured in 15 points along with eight rebounds in a big 69-58 win over No. 16 Miami (1/24/16).
  • Had 16 points (8-of-14) and seven rebounds at Wake Forest (1/28/16).
  • Notched her seventh 20-point game of the season with 22 points (8-of-14) along with four rebounds vs. Virginia Tech (1/31/16).
  • Posted 17 points (7-of-12) along with four rebounds vs. Clemson (2/7/16).
  • Leading scorer vs. Duke with 14 points on 7-of-15 shooting (2/11/16).
  • 19 points (9-of-14) and six rebounds at No. 23 Syracuse (2/18/16).
  • Made a career-high eight free throws and added 14 points and seven boards vs. No. 2 Notre Dame (2/22/16).
  • Game-high 19 points with four rebounds at NC State (2/25/16).
  • Recorded 22 points (9-of-14) against No. 17 Miami (2/28).
  • Added 11 points (5-of-12) and five rebounds in NCAA First Round win over Middle Tennessee (3/19/16).
  • 10 points and nine rebounds in NCAA Sweet 16 game vs. Baylor (3/26/16).

Freshman Season (2014-15):

  • Backed up her decorated arrival as a freshman sensation by emerging as one of the most potent offensive players in the ACC.
  • Averaged 10 points in just 19 minutes per game off the bench for the Seminoles.
  • Finished second on FSU shooting 53 percent from the field (161-304) as well as field goals made (161) despite averaging the seventh-most minutes per game.
  • Had two late go-ahead baskets for the Seminoles in big wins over Purdue and Louisville.
  • Third on the team with three double-doubles.
  • Her three double-doubles came against NCAA Tournament teams Washington, Pitt and Louisville.
  • Finished sixth in the ACC in overall field goal percentage (53 percent) and seventh in the conference in field goal percentage in conference play (51.2 percent), which led the team.
  • Replaced an injured Adut Bulgak in the starting lineup against Pitt and Virginia Tech and led FSU offensively, averaging 16 points and 8.5 rebounds while shooting 14-of-21 (66.7 percent).
  • Shot 50 percent or better in 22 games played.
  • Recorded 21 double figure scoring games.
  • Overall, Thomas averaged 10 points, 4.8 rebounds and tallied 25 blocks.
  • Started just three of her 37 games played as the spark off the bench.
  • Accepted her role with class after never coming off the bench in high school.
  • Led the Seminoles shooting 61.5 percent (16-of-26) in the NCAA postseason against Alabama State, FGCU, Arizona State and South Carolina.
  • Nearly became the third freshman in FSU history to lead the team in made field goals, but her 161 makes was one short of Adut Bulgak’s 162.
  • Based on pro-rated minutes, Thomas would have led FSU in points per game (21.0) in 40 minutes.
  • Made a strong FSU debut with 10 points on 5-of-9 shooting in 19 minutes vs. UAB (11/14/14).
  • Added 15 points and went 5-of-5 from the free throw line in 14 minutes off the bench vs. BCU (11/18/14).
  • Recorded a perfect 3-of-3 shooting performance off the bench against Eastern Illinois (11/21/14).
  • Had a double-double consisting of 14 points and 10 rebounds against Washington in Mexico, her first career double-double (11/27/14).
  • Thomas led FSU with 17 field goals made and 14 defensive rebounds in Cancun.
  • Hit the go-ahead floater with 24 seconds left in overtime to help lift FSU to a 67-64 win at Purdue (12/3/14).
  • Had 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting in a win over Florida (12/7/14).
  • Posted a game-high 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting with three blocks against Savannah State (12/19/14).
  • Poured in 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting off the bench at Tulane (12/22/14).
  • Went 5-of-8 for 10 points with five rebounds against Jacksonville (12/29/14).
  • Team-high 18 points at No. 4/4 Notre Dame, including 12 points (6-of-6) in the second half (1/2/15).
  • Had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds against Pitt (1/15/15).
  • Team-leading 19 points (8-of-11) with seven rebounds and two blocks at Virginia Tech (1/18/15).
  • Had 13 points, 10 rebounds and go-ahead layup with 33 seconds left vs. Louisville (1/22/15).
  • Shot 6-of-7 from the field for 13 points in just 17 minutes at Georgia Tech (1/30/15).
  • Recorded 12 points along with six boards against Miami (2/8/15).
  • Team-leading 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting with six boards vs. NC State (2/26/15).
  • Had 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting with two steals at Miami (3/1/15).
  • Posted game-high 17 points on 8-of-10 shooting vs. Virginia Tech (3/6/15).
  • Had 12 points and four rebounds against FGCU (3/23/15).

High School:

  • One of the most highly-sought players in the 2014 recruiting class from Sylacauga High.
  • Became the fourth McDonald’s All-American to sign with FSU directly out of high school, joining Kai James (2013), Natasha Howard (2010) and Shante Williams (2003).
  • Finished the McDonald’s All-American Game with a game-high 19 points on 9-of-15 shooting as her East team fell to the West team, 80-78.
  • Strong, athletically gifted forward who stands at 5-foot-11 and can score in a variety of ways.
  • Rated as the No. 12 overall player in the 2014 recruiting class according to Dan Olson Collegiate Girls Basketball Report, as well as the third-ranked small forward.
  • Ranked 15th overall and the second-ranked small forward by All-Star Girls Report.
  • Grabbed 2,643 career rebounds in six seasons of varsity basketball, the highest total in Alabama State history.
  • Scored a remarkable 4,242 points in her high school career, just the fifth player from Alabama to cross the 4,000-point mark.
  • Averaged 33.1 points per game and 12.8 rebounds as a senior while being named Class 5A player of the year as a senior, the third time in her career.
  • 2014 USA Today All-USA Third Team.
  • Alabama Sports Writers Association Miss Basketball.
  • CBS MaxPreps Girls Basketball Fourth Team All-American.
  • Named a WBCA Honorable Mention All-American as a senior.
  • Led Sylacauga to the AHSAA 5A State Championship game when she poured in 40 points in a win over Brewer in the semifinals.
  • Scored 31 points in the annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic to earn MVP honors for her team on March 21, 2014.
  • Averaged 31.9 points per game as well as 14.5 rebounds and shot 52 percent from the floor during her junior season in 2012-13.
  • Led her varsity squad in scoring every season since the seventh grade.
  • Three-time Alabama Sports Writers Association Class 5A Girls Player of the Year.
  • Three-time First Team 5A All-State performer.
  • As a sophomore in 2011-12, Thomas dominated play when she averaged 33 points, 16 rebounds and five assists per contest.

All About Me:

  • Born: May 5, 1996.
  • Parent: LaKisha Chambliss. 
  • Major: Interdisciplinary Social Sciences.
  • Favorite movie is Love and Basketball.
  • Knows how to play the drums.
  • Musical artist most played on her iPod is Nicki Minaj.
  • Enjoys watching cartoons.
  • Favorite accessory in her wardrobe is her shoes.
  • Is an excellent dancer.
  • Favorite home-cooked meals are taco salad and lasagna.
  • Has one brother and one sister.
  • Related to NBA veteran small forward Gerald Wallace, who is also a native of Sylacauga.
  • Has a very funny personality.

CAREER HIGHS

Points: 32, Georgia Tech –- 1/10/16
Rebounds: 14, 2x
Assists: 4, UNF –- 11/24/15
Steals: 5, at Boston College — 2/2/17
Blocks: 4, 2x
FG made: 14, Georgia Tech – 1/10/16
FG attempts: 34, vs. Texas –- 2/13/17
FT made: 8, Notre Dame – 2/22/16
FT attempts: 10, 2x