Induction Year: 2008
Vincent Thomas-Harper is among the all-time great Yellowjacket basketball players, holding records as the team's all-time leading rebounder and third all-time leading scorer.
Mr. Thomas-Harper first distinguished himself at UW-Superior by earning All-Conference Honorable Mention in 1998, followed by All-Conference First Team honors in 1999-'00.
During his senior year in 2000-'01, Mr. Thomas-Harper served as co-captain as he led his team to its best record in 22 years. That season he ranked in the top 10 in seven conference offensive and defensive categories, leading the conference in scoring, rebounding, and in steals and blocked shots. In 10 games he posted double doubles in rebounding and scoring.
His performance that season earned him a string of distinctions that included NCAA Division III All-American, NABC First Team All-American, West Region Player of the Year, All-Conference First Team, and WIAC Most Valuable Player. He was named UW-Superior Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive year.
Mr. Thomas-Harper also was a leader off the court, earning the Chancellor's Leadership Award and the "Superior Senior" Outstanding Leadership Award in 2001. He was selected to present the Student Address at UW-Superior's 2001 Commencement Ceremony.
Since graduating, Mr. Thomas-Harper has built an all-star professional basketball career in the United States and Europe. Among his numerous honors were playing on the Midwest All-Star Touring Team and in the Croatian League All-Star Game in 2002. He was named First Team All-UPBL in 2002-'03 for his play with the Mansfield Hawks of the United Professional Basketball League. His performance has earned him spots at summer workouts for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Indiana Pacers. During the past two seasons he's averaged 18 points per game for teams in Switzerland and Spain.