Men of Color Initiative (MOCI)

MSC 06 3735
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Physical Location:
University Advisement & Enrichment Center
Student Success Center Suite 170

Phone: (505) 277-7000

MOCI Ambassador

Kenny Thomas

Kenny Thomas

Kenny Thomas (Kenneth Cornelius Thomas), is the CEO of Kenny Thomas Enterprises. Born in Atlanta Georgia to Calvin and Patricia, Thomas is a retired NBA standout, community activist, philanthropist, real estate investor and entrepreneur.

Kenny Thomas, was one of the highest profile recruits to ever have attended the University of New Mexico where he still has a presence in the record books for many of his accomplishments. He is second on the Lobo’s all-time scoring list (1,931 points), career blocks (239), career dunks list (114), and leads the schools lists in career rebounds (1,02), freshman scoring (484), rebounding (256), personal fouls for a season (118), and career (383). A proud Lobo and Hall of Fame Inductee, Kenny still holds UNM records for freshman scoring, rebounding, personal fouls and more. In addition, he was selected as one of only 5 players to achieve the status of “All-American” in 1998. Kenny is still hailed as the only Lobo to achieve All-Western Conference athletic conference 3 times.

A four-year starter who lead New Mexico to its best 4-year record in school history. UNM record was 102-30 in during the 1995-1999 timeframe, and boasted 4 successful trips (8 games) to the NCAA Tournament. Kenny was a determining factor in the Lobos victory at the WAC tournament title his freshman year. The Lobo’s also advanced to the championship on two other occasions in 1998 and 1999. Head Coach Dave Bliss touted Kenny Thomas as the best “big-man” he coached from a defensive and passing standpoint. Thomas became the first player in WAC history to log 1,800 points, 1,000 rebounds, and 200 blocks. He played in 123 games, 119 as a starter, earned 34 career double doubles, and 10 of which he achieved his senior year. Kenny Thomas was also a member of the United States Team that won the gold medal at the 1997 World University Games in Trapani, Italy.

Kenny Thomas, was drafted first round in the NBA by the Houston Rockets, in 1999 and enjoyed a remarkable career playing for 3 franchises before his retirement in 2010.  He has since launched the Kenny Thomas Foundation which focuses on empowering youth, Infinity20 a first of its kind health and wellness product, commercial and residential real estate, and various other startups. The Kenny Thomas foundation has partnered with well know agencies such as Big Brothers and Big Sisters in an effort to provide opportunities to disadvantaged youth. Kenny Thomas Enterprises awards annual college scholarships to deserving Albuquerque High School graduates who would otherwise experience limited opportunities due to financial hardships
 Career Honors:

The only Lobo to earn All-Western Athletic Conference honors three times (1996, 1998-99) “2nd team All-American by Basketball Times” following his junior season. “Honorable mention All-American” by the Associated Press in 1998 and 99, two-time Most Valuable Player of the WAC (1996 and 1999). Finalist for the Naismith “Player of the Year” and the “John Wooden” award in 1999 and 1999. Kenny was also named 3rd team “Freshman All-American” by Basketball Times and WAC “Freshman of the Year” in 1996.

Though Thomas’ professional career has been full of accomplishments, the one he is most proud of Fatherhood. Kenny boasts, that being a Father to his two children Matthew (15) and Jeremiah (7) is most important to him, and the driver for his continued success.