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May 4, 2008 at 9:39 AM

Isaiah Thomas gets passing score

Husky fans can now begin making firm plans for the beginning of the Isaiah Thomas era next season as the guard from South Kent Prep School by way of Curtis High in Tacoma found out Friday he has gotten a qualifying score on the ACT.
That means as long as he finishes up his classes well and graduates as scheduled on June 1 he will be fully qualified to play for the Huskies next fall.
“It’s a big relief to get it off my shoulders,” Thomas said.
Thomas said he found out Friday when he checked on-line. He had been planning to take the SAT again this weekend if needed.
“But I didn’t want to take it again,” he said. “I was checking all the time to get my score as soon as possible and when I saw it the first person I called was (UW coach Lorenzo Romar) and then (assistant) coach (Cameron) Dollar and then my parents.”
Their reaction, as you might expect, was “very happy,” Thomas said. “They said just finish the school year off strong and then you are in there.”
Getting the score is the culmination of a roughly two-year academic journey for Thomas. He originally committed to play at UW in the spring of 2006, shortly after the end of his junior season at Curtis High. He was expected to sign with UW in the fall of 2006. But when it became apparent he had some academic issues, he talked with UW coaches who helped facilitate a move to South Kent Prep School, where he could get his grades in order. That, however, meant he’d have to stay two years and delay enrolling at UW one year.
“It has worked out tremendously,” he said.
He finally signed an official letter with UW last November and now needs only to graduate from South Kent to become fully eligible.
Once he does that, he said he plans to return to Seattle and enroll in the summer bridge program at UW and work out with the Huskies.
“I’ll be coming home for good,” he said.
Now with the passing score in hand, he said he can begin looking forward to becoming a Husky.
“I think I’ll fit in real good,” he said. “The style of play, the up-and-down system, fits my game tremendously well. We’re going to get the Washington progam back on its feet, back to where it was when Nate (Robinson) and Brandon (Roy) and all of them were there.”
Three of UW’s four incoming recruits are now known to be qualified, the others being Tyreese Breshers and Scott Suggs.
The Huskies are basing much of their hopes for improvement on this year’s 16-17 record on improvement in the backcourt, notably the addition of Suggs, Thomas and Elston Turner Jr., all members of a class Scout.com ranked as the 15th best in the nation.

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