June 5, 2013
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech senior outfielder Brandon Thomas has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America Team for the second consecutive season, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
A native of Atlanta and graduate of Pace Academy, Thomas is a management major who maintains a 3.56 grade point average, and received a 4.0 GPA this past semester. He is one of 10 national finalists for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award, presented annually to the college senior who makes the most positive impact on and off the field.
Thomas is a third-team Academic All-America selection this season, after being named second team in 2012. It is the fifth straight year the Yellow Jackets have been represented on the Capital One Academic All-America squad.
All time, 10 Yellow Jackets have earned 14 Academic All-America accolades and Thomas becomes the program’s fourth multiple winner, joining shortstop Nomar Garciaparra (1993-94), pitcher L.J. Yankosky (1997-98) and shortstop Derek Dietrich (2009-10).
Thomas hit .321 this season with 15 doubles, four triples, one home run, 30 RBI and nine stolen bases. The five-tool senior played 204 games (ranked 19th on Tech’s career list) in his standout career on the Flats, hitting .322 with 46 doubles (tied for 20th), 14 triples (tied fourth) and 45 stolen bases (16th).
Of the 10 finalists for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award, five were represented on the Academic All-America Team – Thomas, Shane Basen (Charlotte), L.B. Dantzler (South Carolina), Carlos Lopez (Cal State Fullerton) and Alex Mendez (South Florida).