Hartford Hawks guard Pancake Thomas has received his release and will transfer, sources told Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports.
Hartford's Pancake Thomas has been granted his release and will be a grad transfer, sources told @CBSSports. Averaged 18.9 PPG.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) August 24, 2016
As a graduate transfer, Thomas will be eligible to play immediately at his new school and would be a huge late-summer pickup for whoever he chooses.
Thomas played one season at Hartford after transferring from New Mexico. In that one season, he led the Hawks in scoring (18.9 points per game), rebounding (6.4), assists (2.8), steals (1.2) and three-point percentage (42.6).
Last season, he scored 35 points or more on four different occasions, including a 38-point outburst against New Hampshire in Jan. 24. He shot 12-17 from the field in that game and 10-12 from the foul line.
With Thomas gone, Hartford is left to figure out how it will replace his production. That could come from John Carroll, who was injured five games into last season. He averaged 11.2 points before missing the rest of the year. Rising senior Jalen Ross will also be expected to contribute more. He averaged 10.2 points per game and was a consistent threat from outside.
The Hawks will open their season Nov. 11 at Central Connecticut State.