TaShawn Thomas Ruled Immediately Eligible
NORMAN — University of Oklahoma head men's basketball coach Lon Kruger announced Saturday night that OU's waiver request for immediate eligibility for University of Houston transfer TaShawn Thomas has been granted by the NCAA.
Kruger said Thomas will play in Sunday's 2 p.m. CT regular season opener against Southeastern Louisiana at Lloyd Noble Center.
"We're really pleased for TaShawn," said Kruger. "He's worked really hard to be on course to graduate in May, and this gives him an opportunity to finish his degree and his eligibility concurrently. We're very happy to be adding an experienced player to an already veteran group."
A 6-8, 240-pound senior forward from Killeen, Texas, Thomas earned second-team All-American Athletic Conference honors during the 2013-14 season when he averaged team highs of 15.4 points and 8.1 rebounds in 31.6 minutes a contest. He also led Houston with his .591 field goal percentage and his 2.7 blocked shots per game. He was a first-team All-Conference USA selection as a sophomore, averaging 16.9 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.7 blocks per outing while shooting .552 from the floor. He was also named to the Conference USA All-Defensive Team that season.
A starter in all 96 career games at Houston, Thomas averaged double figures in scoring all three seasons. He is one of only the seven players in UH history to record at least 1,300 points and 800 rebounds.
Thomas posted three-year averages of 14.5 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 2.2 blocks at Houston while shooting .571 from the field and .599 from the free throw line. He posted single-game career highs of 31 points, 20 rebounds, seven assists, six steals and seven blocks (three times). He also registered a double-double in 35 percent of his games (34 of 96).
Tickets for Sunday's season opener are available for $10, $20 and $30 here. Lloyd Noble Center's north and east ticket windows will open at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday.