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Corbin Thomas leaving Missouri State Basketball

SPRINGFIELD, MO - Missouri State junior Corbin Thomas has decided to take his basketball career in another direction and will depart MSU after this semester, the Chicago native announced Tuesday (March 13).


Bears' head coach Paul Lusk said he supports Thomas' decision to transfer.


"Corbin is a quality individual, and we wish him nothing but the best," said Lusk. 


Thomas said his decision to leave Missouri State was not an easy one, but feels the change will help him gain a fresh perspective after difficulty adjusting to the pace of Division I play.


"At this point in my career, I think the best thing for me to look at other options," Thomas explained. "I really respect the Missouri State program, and I am glad I had a chance to be a part of it."


Thomas transferred to Missouri State last summer from Southwestern Illinois College and played in just 11 games during his junior season with the Bears. He was limited to 50 total minutes and registered 10 rebounds and 5 points in an MSU uniform.


Thomas' career at SWIC was highly-acclaimed, garnering NJCAA Division I All-America third-team honors in 2011 after averaging 14.3 points and 7.4 rebounds for Coach Jay Harrington's Blue Storm. He was the Player of the Year in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference, runner-up for the NJCAA Region 24 Player of the Year and was team captain as a sophomore.

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