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May 29, 2014

Sooners land basketball transfer from Houston

Oklahoma officially announced the signing of Houston transfer TaShawn Thomas on Tuesday and also said it will appeal to the NCAA to make the forward eligible this coming season.

“With the graduation of Cameron Clark and Tyler Neal on the inside, the timing of this addition is perfect,” OU basketball coach Lon Kruger said. “Now the next step is to address the waiver. Our folks will work on the presentation of the waiver immediately and we’ll see how that goes.”

A 6-foot-8, 240-pound 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 the team 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.

Obviously, getting Thomas eligible for the 2014-15 season would give the Sooners the low-post scorer they lacked last season. If that doesn’t happen, Thomas will get his final season of collegiate eligibility in the 2015-16 season.

“I’ve got one year to play, so I wanted to go to a program that’s already good, a place I could help be even better,” Thomas said in a statement. “If I went somewhere else, I might be taking a risk as to how good they would be. With OU, they were going to be good whether I chose them or not. But with that said, I feel like I can be a big help to the team.”

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