MUNICE, In. — If all goes according to plan, the Ball State Cardinals could very well have the best front court rotation in the Mid American Conference come the 2019-20 season.
The Cardinals already boast a pair of the top forwards in the conference in Tahjai Teague and Kyle Mallers. Both will be juniors in 2018-19, and are coming off of breakout seasons. Teague was second on the team in both scoring and rebounds with an average of 12.1 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, while Mallers posted 9.6 points and 4.9 rebounds of his own.
Add in Zach Gunn, who posted 5.0 points and 2.8 rebounds per game as a freshman in 25 games, and the front court rotation looks strong heading into the 2018-19 season.
On Thursday afternoon, the Cardinals added another talented forward to the mix for the 2019-20 season. Freshman forward Miryne Thomas committed to the Cardinals after one season with the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks.
Thomas took to his Twitter account on Thursday to announce his commitment to James Whitford and the Cardinals.
Due to injuries to key players from the start of the season, Thomas took on a prominent role with the Hawks early on and never looked back.
After not playing in the first two games of the season, Thomas made his debut against the Georgetown Hoyas on November 18th. In 33 minutes of action, Thomas would post 16 points and pull down five rebounds in the Hawks’ 83-57 loss. He would follow that up with a 12-point performance against the St. Bonaventure Bonnies just two days later.
For the season, Thomas would post double digit points in 16 games, and he recorded seven double-doubles.
The 6’8”, 190-pound forward from Cleveland, OH averaged 11.1 points and 7.8 rebounds per game over 29 games, finishing third on the team in scoring. Thomas closed the season with 12 points and 14 rebounds against the Norfolk State Spartans in the First Round of the MEAC Tournament.
Thomas will sit out the 2018-19 season due to the NCAA’s transfer regulations, and will have three years of eligibility remaining, starting in 2019-20.
If the Cardinals can avoid losing anyone on the transfer market or to the professional ranks, they will boast a talented forward contingent that will arguably the best in the MAC. A core group of Teague, Mallers, Gunn, and Thomas will make Ball State a serious MAC title contender.
– T. Bennett