No doubting North Caddo's Jasmine Thomas

No doubting North Caddo's Jasmine Thomas

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No doubting North Caddo's Jasmine Thomas

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Jasmine Thomas likes skating, shopping, going to movies and bowling, yes, bowling, when she isn’t wrecking havoc on the basketball court.

As part of a North Caddo team that is 20-1 on the season and currently pummeling District 1-2A opponents, Thomas has little time these days to shop for the Adidas and Jordans tennis shoes she loves so dearly.

“I’m a sneaker-head,” she says. “I don’t know what my best score is in bowling, but I’m pretty competitive.”

After being pressed, Thomas admitted to only bowling twice, “but I like it.”

The sophomore, provides a perfect foil on the court for fellow Lady Rebel standouts Ledetriha “DeDe” Shephard and Sumer Williams. She’ll grab a rebound near the rim, then go coast-to-coast with abandon to lay it in off her fingertips. Her speed and grace belie a soft shooting touch.

She already has some college coaches drooling at the prospect of landing her, although they’ll have to wait. She’s been invited to attend a number of summer camps and is a sure-bet to play at the next level, if that’s what she desires.

During the summer, Thomas plays AAU basketball with Kenny Carswell’s Louisiana Lightning, which has afforded her to see some new country in the past. She went to south Florida for a tournament a couple of years ago, flying for the first time, then flew to Las Vegas last summer for her inaugural visit there.

“I don’t like the take off, but flying’s not bad when you get in the air,” said the 15-year-old class of 2016 member.

While in Vegas, she visited a museum with her teammates, didn’t play poker and had no idea who Wayne Newton was.

Regularly putting up 20-plus points per night, Thomas also loves figuring out geometric formulas at North Caddo High School. She’s already been through Algebra 1, which helped inspire her devotion to math.

“I’d like to eventually become a nurse,” she said.

Mostly devoting her athletic time to basketball last year, Thomas plans to expand to track this spring, where she hopes to run the 400-meter dash. That could help her become an even more formidable opponent on the basketball court next season.

“I love winning and the mental pressure it takes to win tight ball games,” Thomas said.

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