Isaiah Thomas has decided to forego his senior season and declare for the NBA draft. At this time he hasn’t hired an agent and thus if he doesn’t like his projections or the NBA goes into a lockout before the draft, Thomas can be accepted back by NCAA rules. UPDATE: Thomas stated that regardless of where he is placed in projections he will still go to the NBA and not be back at UW.
Thomas had initially said he was going to be back at UW for his senior season though this was said right after their short NCAA run. He may have been riding the emotions from the season. He has now had a few weeks to think it over, and has decided the draw of the NBA is too strong.
"“Although it was a tough decision, I have decided to forego my senior season and enter my name into this year’s NBA draft. At this time I will not hire an agent. Over the past 3 years I’ve enjoyed every single minute of my Washington Husky career. I am very thankful to have played for a great coach like Coach Romar and our entire coaching staff. I have just over two quarters left to earn my degree, and I fully plan on finishing school. Also, I would like to take the time to thank all of my teammates and Husky fans for their support and the unforgettable memories. Go Dawgs!”"
His statement does make it sound like unless something catastrophic happens, he is for sure gone. He has always dreamed of playing in the NBA and this he feels is his best chance to make that dream a reality. He also probably feels comfortable with the situation the Huskies will be left in, as the depth a guard is huge!
Lorenzo Romar said, that he is supportive of Isaiah Thomas’ decision but that he would be missed.
This is sad news for Husky fans but at the same time exciting for one of our own to go on to the NBA! The good news is; that this does free up one more scholarship and does free up Tony Wroten Jr. to really have the reigns next season. Look for other guards to have an opporutnity to step up like Abdul Gaddy, CJ Wilcox, Terrence Ross, and Scott Suggs.
Good Luck to Isaiah Thomas on his quest in the NBA!