Thomas was All-Big 12 third-team selection

WACO, Texas -- Baylor forward Harvey Thomas has decided to
forgo his senior season and declare for the NBA draft.

Thomas, a 6-foot-8 transfer from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M,
averaged 15.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game last season. He was
named to the All-Big 12 third team and the conferences All-Newcomer
squad by The Associated Press.

"I enjoyed the opportunity to play at Baylor University and I
want to thank everyone involved in my growth as a player and as a
person," Thomas said in a statement released by the school.

Baylor endured a painful season that included self-imposed
penalties stemming from major NCAA violations under former coach
Dave Bliss. Thomas missed Baylor's first eight games while a
university compliance committee investigated whether he had
received an extra benefit in violation of NCAA regulations. The
NCAA cleared him to play.

The Bears finished 8-21 under first-year coach Scott Drew but
would have qualified for the Big 12 tournament had they been
allowed to go.

Drew managed to keep the team competitive even though Baylor's
three leading scorers and top freshman recruit transferred after
the program erupted in tragedy and scandal following the slaying of
teammate Patrick Dennehy during the summer.

"We want to thank Harvey for helping make our team competitive
this past season and helping us surpass expectations," the coach