Hawaii's Joston Thomas skipping senior year, will pursue pro career

Source: University of Hawaii
Source: University of Hawaii

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - University of Hawaii men's basketball player Joston Thomas announced that he will forgo his senior season in 2012-13 to pursue a professional basketball career.

"I want to thank my 'ohana here in Hawai'i," Thomas said. "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, a 6-7, 235-lb forward, arrived at UH with three years of eligibility after transferring from the College of Southern Idaho. In two seasons as a Rainbow Warrior, the Washington D.C. native averaged 11.7 ppg and 5.2 rpg in 63 total games, including 46 starts. This past season Thomas finished third on the team at 13.7 ppg and was the team's top scorer in league play at 16.9 ppg.

His year was highlighted by a 24-point performance against nationally ranked Xavier—including the game-winning shot in overtime—and a 29-point, 12-rebound performance in a road overtime win at San Jose State which garnered him Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors.

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