Upon watching the previous season, it became clear that Lon Kruger lacked interior depth. The issue was addressed with the incoming class which features three players standing 6-7 or taller. However, there is no substitute for experienced talent.
On Sunday, Houston forward TaShawn Thomas made clear his intentions to transfer as first reported by SoonerScoop's RJ Young. At 6-8, Thomas averaged 15.4 points alongside 8.1 rebounds per game last season earning All-American Conference Second Team honors. Being considered as the two choices, the talented forward picked the Oklahoma Sooners over the Miami Hurricanes.
While there is some speculation as to whether Thomas will be granted eligibility for the 2014-15 season, it is almost certain that he will file an appeal with the NCAA. Of course, the only hope for playing during the upcoming season is to be granted the appeal but, Thomas has said he doesn't mind sitting out if it comes to that.
I feel confident that they will [grant an appeal], but if they don't then I don't have a problem sitting out [a year]. - TaShawn Thomas via SoonerScoop
Regardless of what happens, Thomas has a single year of eligibility remaining. Welcome to Sooner Nation TaShawn!