Nothing has been resolved as of yet on the status of Hawaii sophomore forward Joston Thomas, who did not accompany the team on its road trip to UC Davis over the weekend.
Thomas was not at the team’s noon shootaround back at UH today, extending his absence from team activities to about a week.
Hawaii coach Gib Arnold said he’d be meeting with Thomas later today. Arnold said again that Thomas, the team’s third-leading scorer at 10.4 ppg, hasn’t done anything wrong and is excused for personal reasons.
One would have to think the Thomas situation will be resolved soon, one way or the other, to avoid a lengthy distraction for the rest of the team.
It is believed the reason behind Thomas’ absence is regarding a disagreement about playing time and his role on the team. In recent games, the transfer from the College of Southern Idaho saw his court time drop. That’s essentially what led to Anthony Salter and Jordan Coleman transferring off the team last semester.
Meanwhile, senior point guard Hiram Thompson is still out from the elbow joint injury he suffered against Nevada. He said today he’s still optimistic for a return by season’s end, but there was no specific date in mind.
There is a strong possibility most UH fans at the Nevada game unknowingly saw Thompson play for the last time in person.
UH’s last two home games of the season are this week: on Thursday against Louisiana Tech and on Saturday against New Mexico State.