Clemson transfer Elijah Thomas, who had been out with a foot injury, has been cleared to resume basketball-related activities, reports Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports. The center was regarded as a top 50 recruit nationally, but, as a freshman, he saw limited playing time as fellow-freshman Tyler Davis often played over him.
Thomas transferred from Texas A&M midseason last year, and per NCAA transfer rules, he will be eligible to compete for Clemson come December.
Prior to his transfer, the big man averaged nearly 10 minutes per game in eight games for Texas A&M. He averaged 3.8 points and 2.5 rebounds per contest as well. He is not long removed from being ranked by Scout as a top 50 player and specifically as the No. 13 center in his recruiting class, so Clemson has reason to be optimistic that they have added an elite player.
At the time of his transfer, Clemson coach Brad Brownell expressed that optimism that his recruiting pedigree offers.
“He has excellent hands and a very good skill set for a young man of his size,” Brownell said. “His addition, along with Shelton Mitchell, Marcquise Reed and Scott Spencer, certainly makes for a bright future for Clemson basketball.”
Thomas will be eligible to return to the Tigers in December as he will miss a portion of the team’s non-conference schedule due to transfer rules. Clemson has not appeared in the NCAA Tournament since 2011 and finished in a tie for seventh-place in the ACC last season behind a 17-14 record. The Tigers ultimately lost in the second-round of the ACC Tournament.