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    A former UL basketball forward has died.

    J.J. Thomas played two seasons for the Cajuns from 2010-12.

    UL built a popular "Fear the Beard" promotional campaign around the bearded Thomas during his freshman season, Marlin's first as coach of the Cajuns.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Cajunsmike View Post
    I had heard that later in life he regretted very much his decision to leave the Cajuns program. The knee injury he suffered in his sophomore year limited his ability to get to the rim and frustrated him greatly. This is terrible news and I pray for the family.
    Do you know what his reason was for leaving?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tripple Threat View Post
    Do you know what his reason was for leaving?
    All theories.

    I believed at the time he was influenced by a fellow player whose mom was interfering greatly

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    Quote Originally Posted by Turbine View Post
    All theories.

    I believed at the time he was influenced by a fellow player whose mom was interfering greatly
    Oh yeah. That was a messy situation

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    Damn. RIP JJ.


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    Prayers to his family - fond memories of watching him play. God, please watch over him.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Turbine View Post
    All theories.

    I believed at the time he was influenced by a fellow player whose mom was interfering greatly
    Yep. If you remember, Darshawn McClelland had been brought in from Vandy. Thomas' knee wasn't 100 percent and he lost his starting job. Another player convinced him he was getting screwed (and yes, the player's mother was much more involved than she should have been.) JJ would up with a bad attitude and Marlin left JJ and the other player at home for the conference tournament.

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    Quote Originally Posted by talktomewillis View Post
    Yep. If you remember, Darshawn McClelland had been brought in from Vandy. Thomas' knee wasn't 100 percent and he lost his starting job. Another player convinced him he was getting screwed (and yes, the player's mother was much more involved than she should have been.) JJ would up with a bad attitude and Marlin left JJ and the other player at home for the conference tournament.
    She posted on here quite a bit. Or maybe it was his brother

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    Quote Originally Posted by talktomewillis View Post
    Yep. If you remember, Darshawn McClelland had been brought in from Vandy. Thomas' knee wasn't 100 percent and he lost his starting job. Another player convinced him he was getting screwed (and yes, the player's mother was much more involved than she should have been.) JJ would up with a bad attitude and Marlin left JJ and the other player at home for the conference tournament.

    Player who encouraged JJ to leave was Raymone Andrews. He had one year remaining when his scholarship was not renewed. JJ left voluntarily. Marlin once said that one of his biggest mistakes was not having Andrews move on after his sophomore season.

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    Wasn't Raymone butthurt because Elfrid took his minutes?


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    Quote Originally Posted by raginsaints View Post
    Wasn't Raymone butthurt because Elfrid took his minutes?
    Raymone's Mama**

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    RIP JJ....PS....best thing Andrews brought to the table was his little brother...laughed every time watching him dance while sweeping the court...


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    Yikes, I knew the names I was trying to do and end around on a RIP thread.

    Oh well, it's true.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Turbine View Post
    Yikes, I knew the names I was trying to do and end around on a RIP thread.

    Oh well, it's true.
    Perhaps I should not have brought up details of the past considering the situation.

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    This is really sad news. 25 years old. Way way too young. I didn't know what happened with him once he left here. I recall all of the "stuff". I pray for his family and close friends. My heart goes out to them.


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    Crazy how we all act like basketball and other sports are so important when really, if you think about it, it's not. Very sad.


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    Quote Originally Posted by alum81 View Post
    Crazy how we all act like basketball and other sports are so important when really, if you think about it, it's not. Very sad.
    Dribble, dribble, dribble

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cajunsmike View Post
    Perhaps I should not have brought up details of the past considering the situation.
    No, there is no issue bringing up the situation and names involved. I think everyone has a respect for JJ and certainly nobody is disrespecting his memory by discussing the past. JJ will always be fondly remembered.

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    Loved watching JJ play and seeing my 8 year old wearing a beard at one of his games. RIP big man. Sad story...


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