Dustin Thomas

Suspended Dustin Thomas Reinstated To Arkansas Basketball Team

Arkansas junior forward Dustin Thomas, who transferred from Colorado this summer, has been reinstated to the Razorbacks basketball team.

Arkansas announced Friday afternoon that transfer Dustin Thomas has been reinstated to the basketball team following the adjudication of his legal issue.

Thomas (6-7, 225), who played his high school ball at Pleasant Grove in Texarkana, Texas, transferred to Arkansas this summer after playing two years at Colorado and is redshirting this season.

He and fellow Razorback Anton Beard and former Razorback JaCorey Williams were all arrested July 22 on counterfeiting charges.

Williams pled guilty on Thursday to a misdemeanor charge of possessing an instrument of crime - a counterfeit $20 bill - that he knew or should have known was face.

Washington County Circuit Judge Joanna Taylor sentenced Thomas to one year probation, ordered him to pay $500 and assorted court costs and 40 years of community service and remain on good behavior.

“Based on the resolution of his legal matter, Dustin Thomas has been reinstated to the men’s basketball team and may begin practicing with the team immediately,” noted an Arkansas release.

“Thomas will continue to be withheld from joining the team for competition related activities until the conclusion of the fall semester. As a transfer student-athlete serving a year of residency, Thomas is not eligible to play for the University of Arkansas this season and may not travel with the team for off-campus competition.”

Beard agreed to a plea deal in November with him agreeing to enter a drug court diversion program that will last some nine months to a year.

Once he completes that program and other requirements, the charges will be dropped.

Beard rejoined the team for practice in November and he will be eligible to play Dec. 18 when the Razorbacks face Mercer in North Little Rock.

Thomas averaged 4.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and one assist per game last season at Colorado while playing in 32 games and starting 11.

That included a career-high 17 points against USC.


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