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Washington's Isaiah Thomas Files For The NBA

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Washington's Isaiah Thomas shoots over Oregon St.'s Omari Johnson.

<em>(Photo by Andy Wooldridge)</em>
Washington's Isaiah Thomas shoots over Oregon St.'s Omari Johnson. (Photo by Andy Wooldridge)

Washington Husky guard Isaiah Thomas has filed for the NBA Draft. Thomas has not hired an agent, which means he is still eligible to retract his early draft status, something the UW Dawg Pound's basketball reporter believes means that Thomas will be back, as he isn't anticipated to be a first round pick.

Thomas, however, told KJR Radio, the Huskies' flagship station, that he will not be returning, regardless of how his NBA evaluations go.

Thomas said in a statement via the University that "Although it was a tough decision, I have decided to forego my senior season, and enter my name into this year's NBA draft. At this time I will not hire an agent. Over the past 3 years I've enjoyed every single minute of my Washington Husky career. I am very thankful to have played for a great coach like Coach (Lorenzo) Romar and our entire coaching staff. I have just over two quarters left to earn my degree, and I fully plan on finishing school. Also, I would like to take the time to thank all of my teammates and Husky fans for their support and the unforgettable memories. Go Dawgs!"

With Matthew Bryan-Amaning graduating, it appears that Thomas doesn't want to take the risk of a relatively down season that could be coming on Montlake, given that Washington has either claimed the regular season Pac-10 Championship or won the Pac-10 Tournament in each of his three years as a Husky.

Andy_Wooldridge@yahoo.com