Coming into the 2015-16 season, there was a ton of hype surrounding the Texas A&M Aggies. They had an experienced group of players returning, and they also were bringing in one of the top recruiting classes in the country.
The recruiting class for the Aggies included four top-100 recruits, including big man Tyler Davis, forward D.J. Hogg, and shooting guard Admon Gilder. The addition of Kobie Eubanks has also bolstered the roster. Hogg, Davis, and Gilder are all averaging over 7.5 points per contest this season as freshman.
With a ton of talent on the Aggies’ roster this season, it’s tough for everyone to get enough playing time. Someone was bound to be on the outside looking in, and that turned out to be the fourth and final high-profile recruit that Texas A&M brought in this season.
Freshman center Elijah Thomas has decided to transfer out of the program.
Thomas is a 6’9” center out of Lancaster, Texas who was one of the more coveted prospects coming out of high school last season. He was ranked as the 31st overall recruit by ESPN.
At the end of his recruitment, Thomas chose the Aggies over the LSU, SMU, Oklahoma State, and Illinois.
In 2015-16, Thomas appeared in 8 of the Aggies’ 10 games overall, but was averaging just 9.5 minutes per contest. He has averaged 3.8 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.0 blocks per game in his limited action.
Thomas’ playing time has decreased over the last six games, as he has recorded 16 minutes of floor time total since the start of the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament. In two of those games (Florida Gulf Coast and Kansas State), Thomas did not see the floor at all.
The last field goal attempt he made was against Texas in the Battle 4 Altantis opener.
After sliding down the depth chart as the season has gone along, Thomas felt that it was in his best interest to transfer out of the program. It will be interesting to see where he lands, and whether or not one of his suitors from the off-season will enter back into the mix to land his services.
He has all of the talent and potential to be successful in the NCAA, but he needs to find a system that’s a right fit for him, and that has a vacancy in the front court where he can come in and contribute right away.