Heading into his junior season, Thomas Latham has become the go to guy at New Haven as the Bulldogs return a majority of their multi-year varsity contributors and are expected to contend in the Northeast 8 Conference.
Latham was one of the darlings of the 2019 summer season, both with the Bulldogs and also with Total Package Elite. His skill set increased greatly in that time, but Latham was already an intelligent post player that baited opposing players by stepping back in range and then working in on them. Latham has made strides since last season at being able to score at all three levels and work as a wing even though his job at New Haven is likely still to clean up around the rim.
When being that guy at the basket, he shows quality footwork and agility which he certainly uses to his benefit as a quality rebounder and finisher at the rim. The big question becomes how Latham balances two pretty distinct skill sets in a guard heavy regular season lineup. As for now, his best strength in New Haven’s system may be to flash high post, face up and attack slower defenders off the dribble. Latham averaged a team high 11.9 points and 7.1 rebounds last season while shooting nearly 50 percent from the field.
“Thomas Latham had a great summer and has become a lot stronger and we expect a heavier load from him on both ends of the court,” says New Haven coach Bruce Stephens.