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About Bob Thomas
Bob Thomas is regarded as the best guard to play in Erie in the 1960s during his outstanding career at Academy. A 5-10 guard, he was best known for his deadly line-drive jump shot. But that was not the only part of his offensive game as the lightning-fast left-hander could take it to the hoop if a defender played him too closely to guard against his quick-release jumper. During each of his sophomore, junior and senior seasons, he led the City in scoring and earned All-City honors. When his senior season came to a close in 1964, he had scored 1,395 points to break the legendary Carmen Riazzi’s City career scoring record and join just a handful of players who scored more than 1,000 points in the era before 3-pointers. It has been 50 years since his playing days at Academy, but he still ranks ninth on the career scoring list, two spots ahead of renowned Strong Vincent and St. Bonaventure star Essie Hollis. Bob also was a star high-jumper (clearing 6 feet, higher than he was tall) on the Lions track and field team, a wide receiver on the football team, and an outfielder on the baseball team. He earned a scholarship to play basketball at the University at Buffalo.