Adonis Thomas to declare for the 2013 NBA Draft

Joe Robbins

The aptly named Memphis forward has all the athletic tools, but concerns about his collegiate production could cause him to slip out of the first round.

Memphis sophomore forward Adonis Thomas told his coach that he will declare for the 2013 NBA Draft, according to a report from Andy Katz of ESPN.

Thomas was one of the most highly regarded prospects in the country coming out of high school in 2011, but injuries and inconsistency have prevented him from fully living up to his potential at the college level.

An athletic 6'7, 240-pound combo forward who can defend many different types of players, Thomas averaged 12 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2 assists on 41/29/75 shooting this season, helping lead the Tigers to a 31-5 record and a round of 32 exit in the NCAA Tournament.

He missed most of his freshman season at Memphis after undergoing ankle surgery, returning this year with a bigger role in the offense. But while his per game statistics went up, his shooting percentages dropped significantly, raising questions about his position at the next level.

If Thomas can prove that he can consistently knock down three-point shots in pre-draft workouts, he may be able to sneak back into the first round. Either way, some NBA team will gamble on a player with his size and athletic ability in the second round.

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