Fundamentally sound big man who will provide depth in the frontcourt ... is an excellent passer who is comfortable playing with his back to the basket.
Northridge in Middlebury, Ind. (head coach Steve Austin) ... named first team All-Northern Lakes Conference and team MVP as a senior for the 15-8 Raiders ... averaged 17.7 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game in helping Northridge advance to the Class 3A NorthWood Sectional semifinal ... his blocks per game average and 65 percent shooting from the field were the best in the area ... also shot over 80 percent from the free throw line ... was one of 25 players named first team Indiana Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) Academic All State, and one of 23 selected to play in the North/South Indiana All-Star Classic ... scored 12 points, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked two shots in just over 16 minutes to help the North to a 123-114 win ... the Classic featured the top high school seniors from the state of Indiana ... was named to the Elkhart Truth All-Area first team ... went 15-of-16 from the foul line in scoring a season-high 31 points - and added 11 rebounds - in a 55-49 regular-season victory over Plymouth ... posted 30 points (10-of-15) and 13 boards in a 56-50 win over Central ... totaled 28 points in a 68-54 win over West Noble ... blocked a career-best 11 shots versus Westview ... scored a game-high 18 points while helping limit Iowa recruit Jon Workman to a season-low five points, on 2-of-16 shooting, in a 53-49 win over Lakeland ... Workman, a junior forward who made an early commitment to the Hawkeyes, entered the game averaging 22.4 ppg. and needing 11 points to reach 1,000 ... averaged 10.7 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks as a junior while helping Northridge (15-9) capture the NorthWood Sectional crown ... finished his career with 735 points ... was ranked No. 100 on Hoop Alliance's list of the top 200 prospects entering the 2004-05 season.
Ronnie's older brother, Aaron, was a four-year starter at Robert Morris (2001-04) ... Aaron finished his career ranked sixth on RMU's all-time scorer's list with 1,256 points ... he was just the seventh player in school history to finish his career with over 1,000 points and 500 rebounds ... Aaron was recruited by - and played for - Danny Nee in 2001 at RMU ... Ronnie also made official visits to Virginia Tech and Ball State ... considered Princeton, Western Michigan and Wisconsin-Milwaukee among other schools ... business major ... full name is Ronald Raymond Thomas ... date of birth: 8/17/86.