Thomas Diaz is a 6’4” 180lb guard here for the Javelina men’s basketball team, but he is much more than that off the court. Born in Bogata, Colombia, Diaz was born into a basketball family.
His father played professional ball in Colombia, and is a coach there. Diaz’s mother, Consuelo Gomez, is a professor and a former professional player as well.
“I grew up playing basketball, my dad played basketball, and my mom,” Diaz said.
Throughout his childhood, Diaz would always make trips to the U.S. to play basketball in tournaments and fell in love. So when given the opportunity, when he was a Juniorin high school, Diaz finally moved to the U.S. alone, leaving his family behind.
“My dad played basketball before and didn’t have the opportunity to come here, so he wanted me to have that opportunity, and further my education.”
Diaz would get to the U.S. and join his host family in Lawrence, Kan. where he would finish out high school playing basketball, which would ultimately get him a scholarship to TAMUK.