MBB: Vikings Ink Texas Guard

May 31st, 2012 @ 10:21 am | Author: Viking Sports Admin
Valley City State University (VCSU) Head Men's Basketball Coach, Jeff Kaminsky, has announced that Thomas Cherry from Harker Heights High School in Killeen, TX has recently signed a Letter of Intent to attend VCSU and join the Viking basketball program beginning with the 2012-13 school year. The Vikings finished the 2011-2012 season 20-10 and were nationally ranked in the Top 25 NAIA Division 2 Poll for seven consecutive weeks.

Thomas, a 5'9 guard, had an outstanding career at Harker Heights High School where he played a major role for the Knights each of the past four seasons. Thomas is the first player in Harker Heights High School's history to be a four year letter winner in basketball and is the only Harker Heights basketball player to have eclipsed the 100 games played mark, having played in 107 games in a Knights uniform.

Thomas' senior season was especially successful. He averaged 12.3 points. 3.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 2.5 steals per game while shooting 47.8% from the floor. Thomas was named to the All -Tournament teams in the Garland ISD, Buda Hays, and MT Rice Tournaments. He was named 1st team All-District and was invited to play in the Texas ShootOut All-Star Game with some of the top basketball talent in the state of Texas.

VCSU Head Coach Jeff Kaminsky also comments on Cherry, 'We are excited to announce that Thomas will be a Viking. He had a tremendous amount of success playing in an extremely competitive area of Texas high school basketball and we look forward to him being part of our program. Thomas' ability to create scoring opportunities for others combined with his own ability to score will bring added dimension and depth to our offense. Thomas also has the ability to pressure the ball defensively which will be a great fit in our defensive system. Off the court, Thomas has the character and work ethic that make him a welcomed addition to our program.'