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TaShawn Thomas to transfer from Houston to Oklahoma

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It is being reported by ESPN.com and the Houston Chronicle on Sunday, May 18, 2014, that former Houston Cougars forward TaShawn Thomas will transfer to Oklahoma.

Thomas, along with former teammate Danuel House, announced their desire to be given their release shorting after Kelvin Sampson was hired as the new head basketball coach at Houston.

The 6-8 native of Killeen, Texas still has one year of eligibility remaining and will be required to sit out the 2014-2015 season, unless a transfer waiver is granted by the NCAA.

Thomas was selected to the 2014 American Athletic Conference second team and was named to the Progressive Legends Classic All Tournament Team.

In addition, he was selected as the Player of the Week four times during his tenure at Houston; two by Conference USA and two by the American Conference.

Thomas average 14.5 points and 8.68 rebounds during his three seasons at Houston and became the 44th player in Houston Cougars basketball history to score 1,000 points during his career.

His career best is 31 points and 13 rebounds against Tulsa on February 16, 2013 and tallied a career high 20 rebounds against Florida A&M on November 9, 2012.

He also recorded a career high seven assists against UTEP on February 13, 2013 and six steals against USF on January 4, 2014.

When interviewed by ESPN on Sunday, May 18, 2014 about his decision to transfer to the Oklahoma, he was quoted saying:

"It was the best fit for me because I only have one year. I feel like I can make a big impact on the team."

Oklahoma finished in second place in the Big12 Conference with a 12-6 conference and 23-10 season record.

They lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in overtime by the score of 80-75 to North Dakota State.

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