University of Hawai'i men's basketball coach Eran Ganot announced that senior forward Mike Thomas will redshirt the 2016-17 season. Thomas suffered a right wrist injury earlier this summer and recently underwent surgery that will sideline him a minimum of four to six months.
"While I'm disappointed I won't be playing this year, I'm excited about this year's team and look forward to supporting my teammates in every way I can," Thomas said. "We have a lot of newcomers and they know they can count on me to be there for them. My goal is to work hard, attack rehab and return to the court at full strength next season."
Ganot said: "Mike embodies all the qualities you look for in a student-athlete and he's been a terrific ambassador for our program and the University. He'll tackle this setback with the same focus and determination that makes him such a special person. Though we'll miss Mike's production on the court this year, his presence will continue to be invaluable for our program moving forward."
Thomas is the lone UH starter returning from last year's squad that won a school-record 28 games. The native of Woodland Hills, Calif., averaged 7.9 ppg and 5.6 rpg, and was one of just two players who started all 34 games last season.
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