AC Basketball Thomas Listed Among JUCO Top 100 Versatile C.E. King Product Leads ‘Runners in Scoring, Rebounding


Gilbert Thomas of Angelina College, shown here in a game played earlier this season, recently was ranked among the nation’s top 100 junior-college basketball players, according to Thomas, a Houston C.E. King product, is leading the Roadrunners in both scoring and rebounding thus far in the 2017-2018 season. (Gary Stallard/AC Press photo)

Having already secured a National Player of the Week honor thus far this season, Angelina College’s Gilbert Thomas can add another honor to his growing list of achievements.

The 6’7” forward from Houston’s C.E. King recently landed among the Top 100 recruiting rankings. The service tracks junior college players throughout their high school recruiting days and keeps tabs on JUCO players who transfer to the upper levels of collegiate competition, as well as chronicling those who advance to the National Basketball Association.

The versatile Thomas currently leads the Roadrunners in both scoring (15.5 points per game) and rebounding (11 rpg), adding 1.3 assists per contest. He scored a season-high 30 points on Nov. 18 against Arkansas Baptist – just four days after dropping 25 points on the Buffaloes – leading to his receiving the NJCAA Division I Player of the Week award for that span. Thomas has notched eight double-doubles (scoring, rebounding) in his 13 games played.

Thomas is the son of Nakisha Hill. The e-mail address for AC’s Sports Information Director is


Gary Stallard
Gary Stallard
Sports Information Director Gary Stallard, who also serves as a Liberal Arts Instructor, begins his eleventh season with Angelina College. Following a career as a U.S. Marine, Stallard completed his bachelor’s degree at Stephen F. Austin University, where he majored in English and Journalism. For more than 16 years, he has worked as a sports writer/columnist/photographer for the Lufkin Daily News; he continues to contribute free-lance articles on occasion. Stallard has won several awards for writing, including the Golden Hoops Award for basketball writing in 2003, Regional Sports Writer of the Year in 2004, and the Texas Press Association’s first-place award for column writing in 2007 and in 2014. He has also done basketball, football and baseball radio and live streaming play-by- play and color commentary for an ESPN affiliate. Currently Stallard serves as play-by-play broadcaster for AC basketball, baseball and softball games.

Prior to arriving at Angelina College, Stallard taught English at Lufkin High School for four years. He currently teaches Developmental Writing classes at AC. He and his wife Susan live in Lufkin.

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