Wednesday, September 14, 2016

WKU Adds Hartford Graduate Transfer Pancake Thomas for 2016-17

Western Kentucky University recently added Hartford graduate transfer Cleveland "Pancake" Thomas for the 2016-17 season.

As a graduate transfer, Thomas is eligible to play immediately for the Hilltoppers.

Here is a release from WKU:

WKU men’s basketball head coach Rick Stansbury announced Wednesday the addition of graduate transfer Cleveland “Pancake” Thomas (6-4, Guard) to the Hilltopper program in 2016-17.

Thomas, a Baton Rouge, La., native, brings years of experience to the Hilltoppers’ backcourt for his final season. He’s eligible to compete immediately after graduating and transferring from Hartford.

Thomas was named a Second Team All-America East selection last season after averaging 18.9 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists for Hartford – all team highs. He also led the program with 36 steals and was the only player in the America East to finish in the league’s top 10 in points, rebounds, assists and steals.

As one of the country’s top 60 scorers, Thomas scored at least 35 points four times last season, including a career-high 38 points at New Hampshire. He hit at least four 3-pointers 11 times while at Hartford and grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds twice.

The sharpshooter shot 42.6 percent from 3-point range (ranking him 27th in the nation) with 81 makes in 2015-16 – including a career-high eight 3s against Vermont – as well as an 82.7 percent clip from the free-throw line. His 566 points were the eighth-most in a season in Hartford history.

Thomas was a workhorse for Hartford, leading the conference with 34.6 minutes per contest last season. He played 194 of the team’s 200 minutes over its final five games.

Thomas sat out the 2014-15 campaign at Hartford after transferring from New Mexico. He was named to the America East Academic Honor Roll during his season sitting out.

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