Rodriguez Thomas

Posted On: 02/2/17 4:33 PM

Rodriguez Thomas is a player PrepHoops.com has been aware of for a couple years now.

“He is averaging close to 15 per game,” said Paducah Tilghman Head Coach Rod Thomas.  “He is shooting 40% from three.  He is shooting about 78% from the free throw line, 52% from the field.  His shooting has been pretty good, you know, for this season.”

Coach Thomas is Rodriguez’s father, but the sophomore earned his starting role through hard work.  He trimmed down slightly, adding strength and agility along the way.

“He has gotten stronger, but playing the way we play we like to get up and down he actually weighs less than he did last year,” said Coach Thomas.  But he is just as strong if not stronger.”

At 6-foot-2, Thomas is a sturdy 187 pounds.  Though he plays facing the basket he pulls down about four rebounds per game.  The team endured an overhaul from last season, after six seniors departed.

“We had a transfer to come as well, who is playing pretty well for us,” said Coach Thomas.

Class of 2018 wing Trey Workman is scoring nearly 12 ppg, per Coach Thomas.

“He is having a good year for us, as well,” said Coach Thomas.  “He came to us from North Oldham…he and Rod handle the ball-handling for us.  Trey and Rod are the combo guards.  (Workman) is shooting about 40% from three, 39%.”

Workman’s backcourt buddy, Thomas is averaging close to 15 per game.

“He is shooting 40% from three,” said Coach Thomas.  “He is shooting about 78% from the free throw line, 52% from the field.  His shooting has been pretty good, you know, for this season.”

Early Recruiting

“We stay in contact with a couple colleges like Northern (Kentucky),” said Coach Thomas.  “Nobody real serious at this time.”

Rodriguez and his father attended a Murray State basketball game late fall.

Thomas has a strong chance to play beyond high school.  His strength and size indicate a physical commitment to the sport.  He has developed for the modern game, which requires the ability to finish in traffic.  Under Coach Thomas, Rodriguez is handling plenty of the ball.  This will help him advance his guard skills.  Despite standing 6-foot-2 the young man traditionally operated off the ball last AAU season.  His comfort level on the ball is improving, making his value to college recruiters greater.