Creighton guard and Omaha native Khryi Thomas, the 2017 and ’18 Big East Defensive Player of the Year, announced Sunday that he will sign with an agent and remain in the 2018 NBA Draft.
With that, Thomas will give up his final season of eligibility with the Bluejays.
Thomas averaged 15.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game for the Bluejays in 2017-18, earning him Second Team All-Big East acclaim. He led the team with 56 steals (1.7 spg), while shooting 53.8 percent from the field, 41.1 percent from three-point range and 78.8 percent at the free throw line.
Thomas helped the Jays finish 21-12 in the 2017-18 season, tying for third place in the Big East and reaching the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in the last seven seasons.
In conference play, Thomas ranked third in the Big East in steals per game, fifth in both field goal percentage and three-point percentage, and ninth in assist/turnover ratio.
He was the first Big East player in more than a dozen years to rank among the top-five in both steals per game and field goal percentage in conference action.
The 6-foot-3 guard also was a lockdown defender, becoming just the 10th player in Big East history to be named the league’s Defensive Player of the Year multiple times.
Thomas played in 102 total games at Creighton, starting 96 of them. He closes his Bluejay career ranked tenth with 141 steals and 30th with 1,140 career points.
“I’m thrilled for Khyri as he moves on to the next stage of his career,” Creighton head coach Greg McDermott said. “His selfless approach to the game, positive attitude and tireless work ethic has been a joy to be around the last three years. It has been an honor to be part of his development during that time. I look forward to supporting him as he pursues his dream of playing in the NBA and appreciate the manner in which he has represented Creighton University and our basketball program.”
Creighton’s last selection in the NBA Draft came last year, when Justin Patton went 16th overall in the First Round to the Chicago Bulls, and was immediately traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Patton is currently joined in the NBA by fellow Creighton alums Kyle Korver (Cleveland Cavaliers), Anthony Tolliver (Detroit Pistons) and Doug McDermott (Dallas Mavericks).
Thomas has been projected as a First Round pick by NBADraft.net (19th), NBCSports.com (19th), CBS Sports (20th) and Bleacher Report (26th) in recent mock drafts. If Thomas is taken in the first round, it would mark the first time in program history that Creighton has had first round picks in consecutive seasons.
The 2018 NBA Draft will take place on June 21st in Brooklyn.