Oklahoma forward TaShawn Thomas has received a waiver from the NCAA and is immediately eligible to play this season. Thomas transferred from Houston after averaging 15.4 points and 8.1 rebounds for the Cougars.
Thomas transferred from Houston after last season. He had been waiting for the NCAA to rule on his eligibility, telling the Tulsa World this week that he believed he should be allowed to play in 2014-15.
“Because I followed all the restrictions at Houston that they asked of me,” Thomas said. “I stayed out of Texas. I’m not going to a school on their schedule for two years. And the fact I’m going to graduate this year, I feel like that helps me.”
Thomas averaged 15.4 points and 8.1 rebounds as a junior for the Cougars last year. He's expected to start for the Sooners alongside fellow forward Ryan Spangler, who also transferred to Oklahoma. Spangler began his career with Gonzaga before leaving in 2012.
Oklahoma went 23-10 last season and was eliminated in the second round of the NCAA tournament. The Sooners begin the 2014-15 season Sunday against Southeastern Louisiana.
- Ben Estes