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Barnwell, South Carolina


Lawrenceville, Georgia

Weight: 145lbs.

Height: 5‘10"

Turned Pro: 1992

Darene Thomas 

High School: Blackville Hilda High School

College: Wingate University 


Number: 10

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Darene Thomas was born in Blackville, South Carolina.  She graduated from Wingate University in Wingate, North Carolina. She received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Parks and Recreation and is currently pursuing her Master's in Education at the Univ. of Phoenix.

Darene received a full basketball scholarship for her outstanding athletic skills. After graduating from college, she traveled to Europe and played professional basketball in Italy, Greece, and Hungary for the next eight years. Upon her return from Europe, she began working for the Gwinnett County School District as an educator.


Ms. Thomas adamantly believes that "No child should be left behind," regardless of one's ethnicity, race, creed, gender or color. She believes that children are in control of their own destiny! They must continue to overcome any obstacles, they may encounter along their life's journey. Darene's major goal is to mentor, guide by leadership, the students she serves down a successful path.  Ms. Darene Thomas is the founder and owner of the "Fundamental Basketball Academy".


She runs her academy throughout the Metro-Atlanta area/Gwinnett area.  Ms. Thomas has helped unsigned clients obtain basketball scholarships to universities and colleges throughout the United States. Some of the colleges and universities that her previous and present clients attend are as follow: Georgia Southern, University of Kentucky, Virginia Commonwealth, Georgia Perimeter, Savannah State University, Stillman University, Georgia Tech, Georgia State, Limestone College, and Wingate University


- Founder/Owner of FBA & Gwinnett Starzs (‘02 – pres.) 
- FBA Basketball Trainer (‘02 – pres.)  
- Coach/Player of WBCBL Semi-Pro Women’s Team (‘02 – pres.)
- Hosts/Conducts FBA Clinics & Camps in Gwinnett County (‘02 – pres.)
- Conducted Lady Clipper’s Camp in La Plata, MD (7/’07)  Suwanee Sports
- Academy, Basketball Trainer (‘02 –‘03)


- 8 yrs. as a professional player in Europe (Italy, Hungary, & Greece)
- Hungarian Championship (’93) 
- Inducted Into Hall Of Fame (’97) 
- Averaged 27.3 points at Wingate

- Wingate Univ. Kodak All American (as a Freshman)

- Wingate Univ. MVP, Player of the Year, & All American (3 consecutive yrs.)
- Wingate Univ. All-Time Male or Female Leading Scorer (over 3,044 points) 
- Averaged 37.5 points (High School) 

- Holds record of most points in a single game (67 points)
- Graduate of Wingate University

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