Thomas to transfer to OU

Never too late to get a good addition as OU will be the home for former Houston power forward TaShawn Thomas.

And now hopefully Oklahoma has the final piece of its puzzle for the 2013-14 class for basketball coach Lon Kruger.

Former Houston power forward TaShawn Thomas has made it official and will transfer to OU, multiple sources confirmed after first reported by the Houston Chronicle.

Thomas, who is 6-foot-8 and 240 pounds, has one year of eligibility left and is hopeful it will be for this upcoming season. Thomas asked to be released from Houston following the hiring of Kelvin Sampson as the team's coach. Coincidentally, Sampson gained a lot of notoriety because of his time coaching OU.

Thomas isn't just another body for depth. He led the Cougars, averaging 15 points, eight rebounds and nearly three blocks per game, while shooting 59 percent from the floor.

He plans to appeal to play next season. But even if that doesn't work out, he has no problems sitting out next season in order to be eligible for the 2015-16 season.

Thomas visited OU last weekend and was down to the Sooners and Miami (Fla). OU assistant coach Steve Henson played a huge role in helping the Sooners find some immediate frontcourt help.

OU is loaded with size coming in for the class with players like Khadeem Lattin and Jamuni McNeace, but OU is thin in terms of experience.

Ryan Spangler returns after a banner season and D.J. Bennett will also be back, but you can never have too many options in the paint.

Thomas earned second-team American Athletic Conference honors last season.

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