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February 17, 2009 at 3:23 PM

Thomas says he will consider options after the season

That it would happen is a long shot, at best, and not something Isaiah Thomas says he’s thinking much about now.
But asked today whether he would consider declaring for the NBA Draft after the season, the man who is likely to be the Pac-10’s Freshman of the Year this season ahead of the more-heralded Jrue Holiday of UCLA and DeMar DeRozan of USC said he wouldn’t rule it out.
“If I have an opportunity to do something and it’s a guarantee, then I’m going to think about it,” he said.
And by guarantee, Thomas said being told he would be drafted in the first round, where contracts are guaranteed.
“That’s big being separated from first round to second round,” he said. “If it’s there, then I’m definitely going to look at it.”
Husky fans, however, can take comfort that it’s probably not going to be there. Thomas is not mentioned in any of the more-respected mock drafts, such as NBADraft.net or DraftExpress.com and few observers think he’s ready.
While proving to be an explosive scorer so far, averaging 18.2 points per game in Pac-10 play, he doesn’t have the same type of athleticism as the last player his size who made this kind of impact at UW, Nate Robinson. It’s that athletic ability that is largely to credit for the fact that Robinson is one of the few under-six-foot players in recent years to forge a real career in the NBA.
And while Thomas’ scoring numbers are impressive, there are areas of his game that need obvious improvement. He is shooting just 28.3 percent on three-pointers in Pac-10 play — he probably has to get that in the 40-plus range before the NBA would be a real consideration — and has a negative assist-to-turnover ratio in conference action with 37 turnovers to 31 assists. And backcourt mate Justin Dentmon tends to take on defensive duties on the opponent’s top perimeter player.
Still, the NBA is the goal of all players, and that Thomas would be thinking about it at all is evidence of the confidence that has helped get him to this point.
UW fans, however, also have Thomas’ mom in their corner.
“My mom wants me to stay all four years,” he said. “My dad always says if it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t, you’ve still got time.”

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