Saturday, April 16, 2016

Cleveland State basketball adds second point guard

Kash Thomas

Heading into the offseason, Gary Waters' top priority was to improve the play at the point guard position and add some more shooters.

Cleveland State finished last in the Horizon League in assists, averaging 10.2 dimes a game.

In the last two days, the Vikings have added two new point guards into the mix.

On Friday, CSU signed junior college point guard Gavin Peppers.

On Saturday, Canadian Kasheem "Kash" Thomas announced his commitment to attend CSU in the fall.

"I am excited and bless to announce that I have officially committed to Cleveland State Basketball to continue my academics and basketball career!" Thomas tweeted on Saturday.

Thomas, 5-foot-11, visited CSU's campus on Thursday. He will have four seasons of eligibility.

The Chateauguay, Quebec, Canada native earned Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association All-Canadian second team honors in each of last two seasons.

As a senior, Thomas finished second in the conference in scoring and assists. He averaged 18.4 points and 4.9 assists a game for Champlain College Saint-Lambert in Quebec.

Thomas is a 44 percent shooter from three-point distance and 82 percent from the free throw line.

He played his AAU ball with Brookwood Elite, the same program that groomed CSU walk-on Daniel Levitt.

Peppers, 6-foot-2, gives CSU an experienced scorer.

The Brookeville, Md. native had 10 20-point games as a sophomore, including two games in which he scored over 30 points. His season-high was a 39 point-effort in a victory over Northeastern (Wy.) Junior College.

He's a 36.6 percent shooter from three-point distance and 82.6 percent from the charity stripe.

Overall, Peppers averaged 18.7 points, 3.8 assists and 2.9 rebounds last season for Laramie County Community College in Wyoming.

He was a first team all-region selection.

Peppers will have two years of eligibility remaining.

CSU is still looking to add a wing/forward and a big for next season.

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