OU’s Thomas’ NBA tryout

Former Sooner TaShawn Thomas was one of 63 players who participated in the NBA Combine in Chicago last week.

The on-court portion of the combine was last Thursday and Friday as NBA coaches, general managers and scouts observed prospects in advance of the league’s draft on June 25.

Thomas, the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and a third-team all-league pick as a senior this past season after averaging 11.6 points and 6.5 rebounds a game, and the other participants underwent body measurements last wee. Thomas measured at 6 feet, 7.25 inches in height in bare feet and 6 feet, 8 inches in shoes. He weighed 240.2 pounds with a 9-foot standing reach and a wingspan of 7 feet, 2 inches.

A starter in all 131 of his career games, Thomas transferred to OU after starring at The University of Houston for three seasons. He finished his career with 1,793 points, 1,061 rebounds and 262 blocks, good for respective per-game averages of 13.7, 8.1 and 2.0. He shot .559 from the field in his four seasons.

As a senior, Thomas helped the Sooners to their first NCAA Sweet 16 appearance since 2009. The three-time Big 12 Newcomer of the Week led the conference in field goal percentage (.519) and ranked fourth in blocks (1.5 per game), seventh in rebounding and 14th in scoring. He posted five double-doubles on the year to give him 39 in his career.

Thomas surpassed the 20-point mark on three occasions last year, scoring a season-high 25 on 9-for-12 shooting in a December win at Tulsa.