Meridian Star

May 3, 2013

Torlorf Thomas signs with Georgia Southern

from school reports
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —  Georgia Southern’s 2013 Men’s Basketball team picked up two more additions on Friday with the signing of Torlorf Thomas (Meridian, Miss.) and Curtis Diamond (Lithonia, Ga.).

    Torlorf Thomas joins the Eagles at the guard position from Meridian High School in Meridian, Miss. Checking in at 6-4, Thomas led Meridian to a 22-7 record last year with 16 points per game along with five rebounds and five assists per game. The senior also garnered a spot on the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Basketball game.

    “Torlorf has great size for a combo guard,” said Head Coach Mark Byington. “He is almost 6-4 and 190 lbs before stepping onto campus, so he will physically be ready to play right away. He should make an impact at the point guard and shooting guard positions. He has good court vision, handles the ball well and makes good decisions. With his size and athleticism, he has the chance to be a great defensive player.”

    Before playing his senior season at Meridian, Thomas played his first three seasons at Robert. E. Lee and Jefferson Davis High Schools in Montgomery, Ala. Before transferring to Meridian, Thomas was ranked as the No. 3 point guard prospect in Alabama.

    Curtis Diamond played his first two collegiate seasons at Tallahassee Community College and will start Georgia Southern with two years of eligibility remaining. The 6-2 shooting guard hails originally from Lithonia, Ga., graduating from Tucker High School. Last season, Diamond ranked second on the TCC squad in scoring with 12.7 ppg.

    “Curtis brings needed experience and maturity to our team,” said Byington. “He can play either guard position and is a great shooter. Last year he shot 41% from beyond the arc at TCC against some very good competition. Our staff also liked that he has great poise and pace to his game.”

    The main distributor for the TCC Eagles, Diamond averaged 3.2 assists per game while averaging a team-best 28.8 minutes per game. In 2013, Diamond garnered second team All-Panhandle Conference honors.

    Thomas and Diamond join the class of 2013 which includes power forward Kyle Doyle (Buford, Ga.).