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.