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UH basketball forward Thomas leaving team to pursue pro career

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 03:28 p.m. HST, Mar 27, 2012

Hawaii men's basketball power forward Joston Thomas is leaving the team to pursue a pro career, giving up his senior season, UH announced today. 

Thomas, who scored 13.7 points per game as a junior on 52.7 percent shooting from the field, was the Rainbow Warriors' third-leading scorer in 2011-12. The 6-foot-7 player from Washington, D.C., put up a team-best 16.9 ppg in Western Athletic Conference play. 

"I want to thank my ohana here in Hawaii," Thomas said in a UH news release. "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 had the game-winning basket against then-No. 14 Xavier in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic. He put up a career-best 29 points and 12 rebounds in a win at San Jose State, earning him WAC Player of the Week honors.

"It's been a lifetime goal of Joston's to be a professional basketball player," UH coach Gib Arnold said. "I fully support him and his desire to achieve this goal. Joston has made great strides both as a person and as a player while affiliated with the University of Hawaii. 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."

He averaged 11.7 points and 5.3 rebounds in 53 career games after arriving from the College of Southern Idaho as one of Arnold's first recruits in 2010.

Thomas' departure frees up a scholarship for the upcoming spring signing period, which begins April 11.

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tarheelnation wrote:
no loss....better for the team not a team player
on March 27,2012 | 03:30PM
808warriorfan wrote:
Big Mistake...he's not ready...
on March 27,2012 | 04:22PM
fairgame947 wrote:
Totally agree. He made progress this past year but still isn't ready.
on March 27,2012 | 08:22PM
bigislandkurt wrote:
Remember, the NBA is not the only option to play pro. These guys can make a living in many different pro leagues around the world. Of course, the NBA is the biggest prize. But for others, making 60-100k per year playing the sport they love is better than staying in school. I can't fault them. Good for Thomas if he lands a job playing basketball. His best basketball is up ahead.
on March 27,2012 | 10:24PM
satcat808 wrote:
Thomas was terrible always turned the ball over and never made a shot when it mattered. He's crazy if he thinks he can play professionally....
on March 27,2012 | 04:27PM
LAX2HNL wrote:
i was glad that josten came back this year and appeared to embrace the team game in the beginning of the year. but by the end of the year, it became apparent that he was out to pad his own stat line, forcing shots and barely even attempting to play defense. he'll really have to step it up to make it in any pro league. the NBA is an impossibility.
on March 27,2012 | 04:29PM
katoosh808 wrote:
Second coming of Carl English.....
on March 27,2012 | 06:35PM
droid wrote:
Took the words right out of my mouth...
on March 27,2012 | 09:35PM
EMS wrote:
Nothing but pure speculation here but I wonder if Gib was showing Thomas the door. Could it be that the announcement to go pro was an attempt to save face for a proud athlete? Gib cleaned up house last year....could he be doing it again? Maybe Vander and Trevor are next to go. This years team had the talent but lacked team chemistry.
on March 27,2012 | 06:58PM
entrkn wrote:
Thanks for contributing and helping the UH WARRIORS basketball program begin to claw its way back up from the bottom, Joston... we will miss you and we wish you the best.
on March 27,2012 | 07:06PM
Bembu22 wrote:
This program has no direction right now.
on March 27,2012 | 09:24PM
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