Thomas was All-Big 12 third-team selection
Thomas, a 6-foot-8 transfer from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, averaged 15.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game last season. He was named to the All-Big 12 third team and the conferences All-Newcomer squad by The Associated Press.
"I enjoyed the opportunity to play at Baylor University and I want to thank everyone involved in my growth as a player and as a person," Thomas said in a statement released by the school.
Baylor endured a painful season that included self-imposed penalties stemming from major NCAA violations under former coach Dave Bliss. Thomas missed Baylor's first eight games while a university compliance committee investigated whether he had received an extra benefit in violation of NCAA regulations. The NCAA cleared him to play.
The Bears finished 8-21 under first-year coach Scott Drew but would have qualified for the Big 12 tournament had they been allowed to go.
Drew managed to keep the team competitive even though Baylor's three leading scorers and top freshman recruit transferred after the program erupted in tragedy and scandal following the slaying of teammate Patrick Dennehy during the summer.
"We want to thank Harvey for helping make our team competitive this past season and helping us surpass expectations," the coach said.
Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press
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