Men's Basketball Adds Transfer at Start of Quarter

Jan. 6, 2009

CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati men’s basketball team added another post player to its 2009-10 roster today (Jan. 6) as head coach Mick Cronin announced that former Oklahoma State University Cowboy forward/center Ibrahima Thomas (pronounced ih-bruh-HEE-muh) has enrolled at the University of Cincinnati for the winter quarter and would be eligible to play after the fall quarter of next year (2009-10) . The 6-foot-11, 230-pound Thomas, who was a sophomore at Oklahoma State this season, will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

"We are very lucky (Ibrahima) Thomas decided to come to Cincinnati," said Cronin. "He is a big addition to our program. He had a great freshman season in the Big 12 last year. He is a very skilled big man that will help us stretch defenses and also help with practice now as we have only 10 healthy scholarship players."

Thomas, a native of Dakar, Senegal, started at forward for Oklahoma State in its first seven games before deciding to transfer, averaging 8.3 points and 3.9 rebounds per contest. Twice this season, Thomas scored in double figures, notching 14 vs. the University of Texas at San Antonio (11/14) and 18 vs. Tulsa (11/20). In his 40 games at OSU, Thomas started 34 times, including 27 as a freshman in 2007-08. He averaged 6.4 points and 4.1 rebounds in his time at Oklahoma State. In the quarterfinals of last year’s Big 12 Championship vs. Texas, Thomas posted a career-high 19 points against the Longhorns.

The Bearcats (10-4, 0-1 BIG EAST) return home for their BIG EAST home opener tomorrow, Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. UC will play Providence College (10-4, 2-0 BIG EAST) in Fifth Third Arena where they are 8-1 this season.