MANOA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Mike Thomas announced on Friday that he will return for his senior season with the Rainbow Warriors men's basketball team.
The 6'8" junior forward was part of UH's first run to the NCAA Tournament since 2002 and the team's first ever win in the tournament. Thomas averaged 7.9 points per game and more than five rebounds in 34 starts last season.
"It's huge," head coach Eran Ganot said. "Obviously you could have a big class, and a lot of freshmen, so they're gonna need some guidance, and there's no better guy to set the example. We love our guys, we're not selfish, we're here for the student athlete, to put them in the best position to succeed, and when they make their decision, our approach isn't going to change, we're here for them for life, and we'll continue to work and build this program."
Because of impending NCAA sanctions, Thomas and the three other juniors on the team have the option to transfer without sitting out a year.
Two of those juniors, Stefan Jankovic and Aaron Valdes, have already announced that they are not returning to Manoa and are instead declaring for the NBA Draft.