NORMAN — The Oklahoma men’s basketball team added a big piece Sunday when Houston power forward TaShawn Thomas officially decided to transfer to the Sooners.
Thomas will have one season of eligibility remaining and intends to appeal for immediate eligibility.
His intention to transfer to Oklahoma was first reported by the Houston Chronicle.
The 6-foot-8, 240-pounder led the Cougars in scoring (15.4) and rebounding (8.1) last season and added nearly three blocks per game.
Thomas decided to transfer after James Dickey resigned March 24, though the school refused to release him until they had hired a replacement.
Eventually former OU coach Kelvin Sampson was hired to replace Dickey, and Thomas moved forward with his intentions to transfer.
Houston restricted Thomas from transferring within the American Athletic Conference, within the state of Texas or to a team on Houston’s schedule for the next two seasons.
Thomas picked the Sooners over Miami.
“If I have to sit out, I have no problem with that,” Thomas told the Chronicle.
Dickey was recently hired as an assistant at Oklahoma State.
If Thomas is immediately eligible, he would give a big boost to the Sooners’ frontcourt.
The Sooners have plenty of size coming in but little experience on the interior.
OU brings back Ryan Spangler (9.6 points, 9.3 rebounds) but the only other inside player with experience is D.J. Bennett, who was valuable late in the season but never was a consistent offensive threat.
OU adds freshmen interior players Khadeem Lattin and Jamuni McNeace.