WINTHROP, Mass. – During his career, few dominated the Great Northeast Athletic Conference like former Johnson & Wales University men's basketball player Lamonte Thomas. As the league's all-time leading scorer, he was a natural selection for the inaugural GNAC Hall of Fame as announced by conference commissioner Joe Walsh.
The induction ceremony will take place on August 7 at the Hilton Garden Inn in East Boston.
A native of Providence, Thomas ended his career fourth in NCAA Division III history with 2,740 points after averaging 34.1 points per game his season year – the eighth-best total in NCAA history. He topped the NCAA in scoring his final two seasons, leading to a pair of D3hoops.com All-America honors. Named GNAC Player of the Year in 2011, he earned a trio of First-Team All-GNAC honors and two All-Northeast Region selections.
It doesn't take long to find Thomas' name in the JWU record books because he's at the top of nearly every category. He helped lead the Wildcats to a 114-106 overtime victory against Ramapo in the 2011 NCAA Tournament, which was the first NCAA Tournament win by any Johnson & Wales University program.
Last fall he was inducted into the Johnson & Wales Athletics Hall of Fame along with the 2010-11 team. Thomas has played professionally since his collegiate career ended, including this last season in Portugal.
2019 GNAC Hall of Fame Class
Ray Askew, Albertus Magnus MBB
Iman (Davis) Barbosa, Emmanuel WBB
Lamonte Thomas, Johnson & Wales MBB
Jose Guitian, Lasell MBB
Josh McElroy, Norwich MSOC
Aaron Dufoe, Rivier MBB & MSOC
Michael Maguire, Suffolk BSB
Jackie Shedlock, Western New England SB