Wakefield Rising Senior Tham is Warriors' Force in the Paint

Wakefield Rising Senior Tham is Warriors' Force in the Paint

Q&A: The oldest of eight children, Tham enjoys Meek Mill, NBA 2K.


Wakefield rising senior Dominique Tham earned 5A North region Player of the Year honors last season.

Dominique Tham has been a force in the paint for head coach Tony Bentley’s Wakefield boys’ basketball program, which has reached the state tournament each of the last two seasons.

As a sophomore, Tham recorded a triple double against Robinson in the region semifinals. He finished with 15 points, 11 rebounds and 12 blocks, helping the Warriors earn a trip to the championship game and a berth in the state tournament. Last season, the junior forward earned 5A North region Player of the Year honors while helping Wakefield capture the region championship.

During the 2013-14 regular-season finale, Tham put on a show against Mount Vernon, totaling 31 points, 23 rebounds and eight blocks.

“There’s everybody [else], and then Tham,” Mount Vernon head coach John Wiley said. “He had a heck of a game. Our game plan was to put a body on him because we know he roams from elbow to elbow and camps out in the paint, it just didn’t work.”

Now a rising senior, Tham has received interest from several colleges, but has yet to commit. Tham recently participated in a Q and A via email with The Connection.

*Connection: At what age did you start playing basketball? Have you always been a post player?

Tham: Seventh grade or 12 years old. I have been playing in the post since sophomore year.

*Connection: You've made it to the state tournament two years in a row. What did you learn from those experiences that can help you during your senior year?

Tham: It has been great getting to the state tournament two years in a row. But as you can see, we have not won it, yet. So I don't take it for granted. It is a blessing, but now I hope my leadership will take us a step further.

*Connection: How tall are you? Have you always been tall, or did you hit a late growth spurt?

Tham: [I am] 6 feet 4 1/2. I don't consider myself tall. I want to be 6-8 hahaha.

*Connection: What is your favorite athletic moment from your first three years at Wakefield?

Tham: Even with some of the things I have done, I am still waiting for my [favorite] athletic moment.

*Connection: I think Coach Bentley said you have a lot of siblings. How many do you have?

Tham: Seven.

*Connection: Are you the oldest? What is it like having so many siblings?

Tham: Yes, I am. It's hectic, I'm not going to lie, but I wouldn't want it any other way. Without my family, I wouldn't be who I am. And I love the fact that I'm the oldest because I will always set a great example for them.

*Connection: Who is your favorite music artist? Why?

Tham: Meek Mill. I like his style, and he talks about what's going on in the world and talks a little about his life and the struggle people go through.

*Connection: What is your favorite movie? Why?

Tham: ‘The Longest Yard.’ It's just hilarious and it has a lot of my favorite actors, like Adam Sandler, Terry Crews and Chris Rock.

*Connection: Do you play video games? If so, which one is your favorite?

Tham: Yeah, I play a lot of NBA 2k and FIFA!

*Connection: What is your favorite hobby outside of basketball?

Tham: I just like being with my family and teammates.

*Connection: What location is the farthest you have traveled from the Washington, D.C. metro area?

Tham: The Dominican Republic, where some of my mother’s family is at.

*Connection: Are you a pro sports fan? If so, who are your favorite teams?

Tham: Yes. I don't really follow teams, but I am a big LeBron fan!