Basketball

Matt Thomas signs three-year deal with the Toronto Raptors

Feb 20, 2017; Lubbock, TX, USA; Iowa State Cyclones guard Matt Thomas (21) takes a shot against Texas Tech Red Raiders guard Devon Thomas (2) in the first half at United Supermarkets Arena. Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Matty Ice is coming back to American basketball — well, kinda.

After starring in Spain for the past two seasons, including being a key piece of a Eurocup winner this past season, former Iowa State sharpshooter Matt Thomas has signed a three-year contract with the defending NBA champion Toronto Raptors. This will be Thomas’ first time playing basketball in an American league since he was one of the key players for the Los Angeles Lakers’ run to the 2017 NBA Summer League championship.

Thomas averaged 11.4 points per game while shooting nearly 50 percent from 3-point range this past season for Valencia Basket in the Spanish Liga ACB. That came after he averaged 15.4 points and shot better than 45 percent as a rookie for Rio Natura Monbus Obradoiro in 2017-18.

The Onalaska, Wis. native played in four NCAA Tournaments for the Cyclones during his career spanning from 2013-17. He scored 1,170 points during his career and sits third all-time in program history with 254 made 3-pointers.

He will join former teammates Georges Niang (Utah Jazz), Monte Morris (Denver Nuggets), Abdel Nader (Oklahoma City Thunder), Deonte Burton (Oklahoma City Thunder) and Naz Mitrou-Long (currently set to play Summer League with the Cleveland Cavaliers after two seasons with Utah) in the NBA.

Jared Stansbury

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Jared is in his sixth year covering Iowa State football and basketball for Cyclone Fanatic. He's the site's lead reporter for ISU recruiting. He worked as the site's intern for three years while studying Journalism in Iowa State's Greenlee School of Journalism. He started as the full-time staff writer in May 2016. Jared spent five falls covering Iowa high school football as a reporter for KMA Radio, 1460 KXNO and 1430 KASI.