DENVER (HawaiiNewsNow) – Hawai'i's Joston Thomas has been named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 30-Feb. 5. The honor marks the first career WAC Player of the Week for Thomas.
Thomas, a junior forward from Washington, D.C. (College of Southern Idaho), helped rally Hawai'i to an 83-81 overtime road victory at San Jose State last Saturday. Thomas scored a career-high 29 points with 12 rebounds to notch his fourth double-double of the season. Thomas connected on 12-of 16 shots (75.0 percent) from the field and went 5-of-9 from the free throw line. He also added four assists and two blocks. Thomas helped UH erase a 14-point second half deficit by scoring 11 of UH's points during a key 16-0 run. It was the Rainbow Warriors' third WAC road win of the season and second in overtime this year.
Thomas is the third different Rainbow Warrior to earn WAC Player of the Year honors this year, joining Vander Joaquim and Zane Johnson. Hawai'i (13-9, 5-3 WAC) will now host three straight home games beginning with a showdown versus first-place Nevada (19-4, 8-1 WAC) on Thursday, Feb. 9. Tipoff is set for 7:00 p.m. and all fans are encouraged to wear black as part of a "Blackout" at the Stan Sheriff Center.