The ripe transfer market continues to bear fruit for the power conferences (and the best of the rest). Houston’s Tashawn Thomas was given his release, with the stipulation that he could not go to another AAC program, or a school in Texas. Instead, he moves one state north to the Big 12 and the Oklahoma Sooners.
It’s not a secret anymore, I’m transferring to OU #BoomerSooner
— Taetto™ (@taethomas35) May 19, 2014
Thomas made the move official on Twitter shortly after CBS Sports’ Jeff Borzello got information on the move from the former Cougar’s father.
“He wanted to make a deep run in the (NCAA Tournament), which would be very important for getting to the next level. Plus the family will get a chance to see him. It felt Oklahoma gave the best chance for that to happen.”
Thomas, who averaged 15.4 points and 8.1 boards at Houston last season, will attempt to get a waiver from the NCAA so that he can play for the Sooners this season. His father is confident, but the NCAA is very sporadic in granting these waivers, and college basketball experts seem all over the place on whether or not he will get one.
TaShawn Thomas still needs NCAA waiver to be eligible. Given NCAA track record, it’s roulette wheel. Who knows?
— Fran Fraschilla (@franfraschilla) May 19, 2014
TaShawn Thomas told ESPN he will try and obtain a waiver to play this season at Oklahoma. My gut says it’ll be difficult for him to get it.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) May 19, 2014
TaShawn Thomas would make OU instantly better in 14-15 but CBB would be wise to end waivers. You transfer, you sit a year. Period.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) May 19, 2014