This week’s #MNPSMVP is Erianna Thomas – Moses McKissack Middle School
Erianna Thomas credits her brother for introducing her to the game of basketball. Thomas and her family would attend his games and she would watch him dominate his opponents on the court. After one particular game, as Thomas was waiting for her brother, she picked up a basketball and began shooting it around. This became a regular practice for Thomas after each of her brother’s basketball games until she began to get better.
“When I first started playing basketball in elementary school I wasn’t very good,” Thomas said. “As I continued to shoot around, I improved my skills and people began to notice. Everyone encouraged me to play basketball.”
Thomas, a seventh grader at Moses McKissack Middle School, wrapped up her second season as point guard with the girls’ basketball team. As point guard, she ensures her team keeps points on the scoreboard and her opponents stay away from the goal. Thomas knows the importance of scoring game points due to her two half-court buzzard beater shots and having scored 19 points in one game. McKissack ended with a 10-8 season thanks to those winning shots.
“Erianna is an exceptional scholar and athlete. Most importantly she is an exceptional leader,” said Coach Cornelius Allen, McKissack girls’ basketball coach. “She gives more than 100 percent in everything she sets her mind to. The sky is the limit for Erianna.”
Her love of basketball and impeccable skills landed Thomas a spot on the first Amateur Athletic Union team. She and other middle school girl basketball players will be traveling across the United States to play basketball and learn techniques and skills from some of the nation’s best coaches and players.
“I am really excited about playing for AAU. I get to play basketball and travel – two things I enjoy doing,” Thomas said. “This is a great opportunity to perfect my basketball abilities.”
Along with her impressive talents on the court, Thomas is an impressive student. She has made the A/B honor roll each reporting period of the 2018-19 academic year and is a member of several extracurricular activities at school, including serving as Student Council Vice President and a school ambassador. She is also a member of the Project LIT book club, which encourages students to read and have book discussions each month. Thomas and some of her teammates are also participants in the 2019 Battle of the Books, a Limitless Libraries program and resource-sharing partnership between the Nashville Public Library and Metro Nashville Public Schools.