Joston Thomas will pursue pro basketball
Joston Thomas announced on Tuesday that he will leave the Hawai’i basketball team to pursue a career in professional basketball.
Thomas, a 6-foot-7 forward, just completed his junior season with the Warriors, and had one more year of eligibility remaining. He played two seasons at Hawai’i, averaging 11.7 points and 5.2 rebounds per game in 63 total games.
He had a solid junior season in 2011-12, finishing with averages of 13.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game with a .527 field goal percentage. He played in all 32 games, starting 25.
“I want to thank my ‘ohana here in Hawai’i,” Thomas said in a statement issued through the UH media relations office. “From the coaches, administration, fans and the team — all 15 of them. This was an amazing opportunity for me and I look forward to my future. None of this would be possible without the support I’ve had here.”
Thomas is from Washington, D.C., but came to Hawai’i as a transfer from College of Southern Idaho in 2010. His name is not listed on any NBA mock drafts, although this announcement of his early entry to pro basketball was unexpected.
“It’s been a lifetime goal of Joston’s to be a professional basketball player,” head coach Gib Arnold said in a statement. “I fully support him and his desire to achieve this goal. Joston has made great strides as both a person and as a player while affiliated with the University of Hawai’i. I am proud that we’ve been able to act as a springboard for Joston and his career. I wish him and his future coaches and teammates the best of luck.”