Missouri State freshman Devon Thomas (Silver Spring, Md.) has informed the Bears basketball staff that he intends to transfer at the conclusion of the current academic semester, head coach Paul Lusk confirmed today.
The 6-foot point guard played 32 games in 2013-14 with one start.
"I've often said that transferring can be a healthy thing at times," said Lusk. "In this particular situation, I don't feel that way. College basketball transfers are at an all-time high, and so many times young people can be influenced by outside factors. I hope Devon finds what he's looking for at his next stop."
Thomas averaged 3.2 points and 1.4 assists per game while seeing 13.2 minutes per outing as a true freshman this season. He also accounted for 15 steals, 39 rebounds and a 1.5 assist-to-turnover ratio. He notched 5 points and 5 assists in his lone start of the year against top-seeded Wichita State in the MVC Tournament on March 8.
“I just want to thank all the players at Missouri State who are like brothers to me, and the coaching staff for giving me an opportunity,” said Thomas. “I’m really thankful to the community and the University and how everyone treated me during my time here.”
The Bears have added five players for 2014-15, including junior college transfers Camyn Boone (6-6, 235, F, Seattle, Wash., Mountain View High, Mesa Community College) and Loomis Gerring (6-5, 200, F, Grandview, Mo., Grandview High, Vincennes University) as well as high school standouts Chris Kendrix (6-5, 185, G/F, Willard, Mo., Willard High), Robin Thompson (6-6, 195, F, St. Louis, Mo., MICDS) and Shawn Roundtree (6-0, 185, G, Edwardsville, Ill., Edwardsville High).
“The future of our program is very bright,” said Lusk. “We are excited about the players we have added, and they all want to be part of Missouri State basketball. I know our fans will embrace that and support us as we prepare for next season.”
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