CHARLOTTE, NC - Isaiah Thomas #2 of the Washington Huskies reacts after the Huskies were defeated 86-83 by the North Carolina Tar Heels during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Isaiah Thomas Declares For 2011 NBA Draft; Has Not Hired An Agent

Washington guard Isaiah Thomas will reportedly declare for the 2011 NBA Draft, but has not hired an agent.

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Isaiah Thomas Confirms He Will Leave Washington, Enter 2011 NBA Draft

The statement released by Isaiah Thomas indicating his intent to declare for the 2011 NBA Draft felt like a goodbye, and Thomas confirmed just that in a press conference on Thursday afternoon. Thomas met with the media and said it was goodbye, and he has no intentions of returning to Washington for his senior season, instead choosing to go the way of the NBA no matter what.

Thomas released a statement shortly before the press conference, which began at 1 p.m., to announce his intentions, though he noted he would not hire an agent “at this time.” Thomas said he was “done with his college career” no matter what happens during the draft process, making the Huskies’ NCAA Tournament loss to North Carolina the final time he will have played for Washington.

In a statement to the media at the press conference, Thomas said the decision was the hardest one he’s ever had to make, but had a strong support system, including his family and head coach Lorenzo Romar. From the information he gathered before the decision, Thomas felt he was a mid-first round to early-second round pick, though it’s yet unknown where his draft stock truly lies. He’ll begin to find out more as the draft process progress over the next few months ahead of the 2011 NBA Draft.

We’ll be back with more on Thomas and his decision to leave Washington for the 2011 NBA Draft in this StoryStream. For more on the Huskies, check out SB Nation’s UW Dawg Pound.


Isaiah Thomas Statement On NBA Draft Hints At Forgoing Senior Season

Though Isaiah Thomas will not hire an agent "at this time," the wording of the statement he released ahead of Wednesday's press conference to announce he has declared for the 2011 NBA Draft hints at the Washington guard giving up his eligibility. Thomas used strong language in the statement that hints at him not returning to Washington for his senior season after testing the 2011 NBA Draft waters.

The statement can be found below, via the official Washington athletics site.

"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 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!"

To be clear, Thomas would still retain his eligibility as long as he doesn't hire an agent and pulls his name out of the draft ahead of the deadline for prospects to make a final "stay or go" decision. But with the wording of his statement, specifically using the words "forgo my senior season," it sounds like Thomas may be all but gone. The statement reads more like a goodbye, and makes it clear Thomas has his mind set on trying to realize his dream of playing in the NBA immediately.

Thomas will meet with the media at 1 p.m. to discuss his decision and what he plans may be. Stay with this StoryStream for the latest on his decision.

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