Over the weekend, the Oklahoma Sooners earned a fourth consecutive conference win. However, during play, forward TaShawn Thomas took a shot to the eye that sidelined him for the final seven minutes of Saturday's game. Those keeping a watchful eye on the bench noted a Thomas who seemed dazed, carefully moving about. The injury quickly lead to questioning if the transfer would be cleared to play with a quick turn around on Monday. Behind the senior, inexperience abounds.
TaShawn Thomas left game early y'day, limited in practice today. But just said he's good to go for Big Monday game vs. Iowa St. (8 at LNC).— Oklahoma Basketball (@OU_MBBall) February 8, 2015
Fortunately, the Sooners received good news as Thomas indicated that he's ready to play on Big Monday against a top ranked Iowa State Cyclones program.
Through 23 games this season, the forward averaged 10.5 points per game on 52.7% shooting making Thomas one-of-three Sooners to average double digits in scoring. A team that relies on rebounds to get out in transition, the senior adds six rebounds per game with the ability to create for himself off the bounce. Needless to say, the transfer quickly integrated himself into the Oklahoma system and has become a vital part of defensive revitalization.
The Sooners will host the Cyclones Monday night at 8:00 PM CST, a contest that can be viewed on ESPN.