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Matt Thomas signs to play professionally in Spain

Former Iowa State guard Matt Thomas has signed a contract to play with Spanish team Obradoiro, according to a team release. It is a one-year contract.

Thomas averaged 9.6 points per game while shooting 60 percent from 3-point range this summer for the Los Angles Lakers Las Vegas NBA Summer League team. He scored 23 points and went 5-of-5 from deep as the Lakers won the Las Vegas Summer League title last Monday.

Obradoiro, which plays in Liga ACB in Spain, went 11-21 last season while finishing 13th in the league standings.

Thomas joins Monte Morris, who signed a two-way deal with the Denver Nuggets, and Deonte Burton, who signed to play in the Korean Basketball League, as former Cyclones to sign rookie contracts this summer.

Jared Stansbury

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Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.

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