When I first heard of King’s father stating he would finish his career somewhere else, I thought about TaShawn Thomas.
Thomas had a very good UH BB career. He was only the seventh player in school history to have 1300+ points and 800+ rebounds and he left after his junior season to OU where he was BIG12 newcomer of the year.
Thomas also had what many UH BB fans would argue, awful coaching, and would have a new BB coach and system in his senior year.
But what I will remember most of all about Thomas was his father coming onto the UH fansite and telling UH fans why his son left for OU and how awful UH BB was. Hey he wanted the best for his son and that all important BB pro career. That I understood.
But going on a fan site of the school that had just paid for three year of tuition, room and board, etc. As if Coogfans had anything to do with UH Athletics and who is the coach.
So, Thomas went to OU, finished 3rd Team All Big 12 and took his outstanding talent and is still playing in the NBA. No, he is playing with the Hapoel Jerusalem pro team in Israel.
His NBA career never happened, went undrafted in 2015.
Why was he undrafted? He was a 6’8 C/PF who had no 3 point shot.
He was just too short and had he been 6-10 he would be in the NBA.
So, daddy encouraged his son to leave UH for OU and now his son lives in Israel.
King’s dad must know his son is going against the odds in dreaming OU or LSU, Arkansas, etc. can get him into the NFL. Thomas had the stats, played at the top level of the BIG12, but came up short when the NBA draft came around.
Hey, does anyone else know of a solid to very good UH player who had a very public helicopter dad?