After leading the Houston Cougars team to a pair of wins, sophomore forward TaShawn Thomas was honored Monday afternoon as the C-USA Player of the Week.
Thomas helped lead the Cougars to a road win at Texas Christian Horned Frogs and a home win against city-rival Texas Southern Tigers, averaging a double-double with 21.0 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.
Tuesday’s win at Texas Christian was the Cougars’ first road win against a member of the Big 12. He scored nine of the Cougars’ final 14 points against the Horned Frogs to seal the victory and posted his team-leading fifth double-double of the season with 19 points and 12 rebound.
Thomas then tied his career high with 23 points in Saturday’s overtime win against Texas Southern. He shot 10-of-19 from the field and fell just one rebound shy of his 15th career double-double. Saturday marked his fourth 20-point game this season and of his career.
Playing a career-high-tying 37 minutes, he teamed with sophomore guard Joseph Young to become the first Cougar teammates to score 20 points in a game since Young and guard Jonathon Simmons accomplished the feat against Rogers State Hillcats on Dec. 21, 2011.
Thomas currently leads the league in rebounding (10.7 rpg) and ranks second in scoring (17.6 ppg). He joins Tulane Green Wave junior forward Josh Davis as the only players to be ranked among the league’s top-two leaders in both categories.
This is his first career C-USA Player of the Week honor, but he was a two-time Freshman of the Week selection last season.
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