Nov. 18, 2013
HOUSTON - University of Houston junior forward TaShawn Thomas was honored Monday afternoon as the American Athletic Conference Player of the Week after leading the Cougars to three wins and a 4-0 start to open the 2013-14 season.
In three games last week, the Killeen, Texas, native averaged 17.0 points, 11.0 rebounds and 4.0 blocks per game while hitting a sizzling 77.8 percent from the field.
Thomas, who was a Preseason American Athletic Conference Second-Team honoree, started his week with a 19-point, 14-rebound performance at Texas-Pan American in the Cougars' first road game of the season..
He followed that with a 14-point performance on 6-of-7 shooting to lead a balanced offensive attack and posted team highs of six rebounds and four blocked shots.
In the week's finale, Thomas totaled 18 points with a game-high 13 rebounds and added a career-high seven blocked shots Sunday against Lehigh during Game One of the Progressive Legends Classic inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
He is now averaging a double-double with 18.3 points and 10.0 rebounds per game and is the only player in The American to rank among the league's top-five leaders in both scoring and rebounding. In addition, he needs only 47 more points to become the 43rd player in school history to reach 1,000 points during his Houston career.
SMU freshman forward Ben Moore was named the league's Rookie of the Week, while Cincinnati Titus Rubles, UConn guard Shabazz Napier, Louisville guard Russ Smith, USF guard Corey Allen, Jr., and SMU guard Nic Moore were named to the Weekly Honor Roll.
Thomas and his Houston teammates wrap up their three-game homestand when play host to Howard at 7 p.m., Thursday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion in the second game of the Houston Regional of the Progressive Legends Classic.
Fans are encouraged by the UH Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the Athletics Department to bring canned goods to Thursday's game for a chance to win great prizes. With their donations at Thursday's game, fans have a chance to win an autographed men's basketball, an autographed men's basketball poster, a suite for a home Men's Basketball game, two floor seats for the Men's Basketball game vs. UConn on Dec. 31 or two reserved seats for the Men's Basketball game vs. Cincinnati on Jan. 7.
From there, the team heads to Brooklyn, N.Y., to compete in the Championship Rounds of the Progressive Legends Classic at the Barclays Center. There, the Cougars will face Stanford at 8:30 p.m. (CST), Nov. 25 before facing Texas Tech or Pittsburgh on Nov. 26 at a time to be announced.
General Admission season tickets start for as low as $195, while Reserved season tickets start at only $280. Families can purchase the Memorial Hermann Family Fun Plan of two adult and two youth General Admission tickets for only $399.
Mini-plans also are on sale now. In the Conference Mini-Plan, fans can buy tickets to all nine American Athletic Conference home games, including defending national champion Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis and UConn, with General Admission seating starting at $120 and Reserved Seating selling for $165.
With the 6-Pack, fans receive tickets for all four weekend home conference games against Rutgers, SMU, Temple and UCF, the Feb. 5 showdown against Louisville and a choice of the UConn, Cincinnati or Memphis games with General Admission seating for only $80 and Reserved Seating for $110.
Fans can purchase season tickets or mini-plans by visiting or calling the Athletics Ticket Office at 713-Go-COOGS (462-6647) or 877-COUGAR-5 (268-4275) or by clicking here.
To secure parking spaces and to support student-athlete scholarships through Cougar Pride for the upcoming season, fans should contact Cougar Pride at 713-743-GoUH or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Fans also can visit UHCougars.com and click the Cougar Pride tab for more information.
Fans should remember that purchasing Men's Basketball season tickets will help their standing in the Cougar Pride Priority Point System, which determines seating priority in the new Houston Football Stadium when it opens in August 2014.
Fans receive two Priority Points per sport per account when purchasing Men's Basketball season tickets, and every Priority Point improves each fan's ranking in the System.