CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson has added another transfer to its basketball roster in former Texas A&M forward Elijah Thomas.
Tigers coach Brad Brownell said Thomas has enrolled for the spring semester and will be eligible to play in December.
Thomas is a 6-foot-9 forward who played in eight games for Texas A&M this season, averaging 3.8 points and 2.5 rebounds per game.
Thomas joins Vanderbilt transfer Shelton Mitchell and Robert Morris transfer Marcquise Reed as players on this year’s bench who will suit up next season.
For the second time in the span of a month, Texas A&M is losing a highly-regarded recruit to a transfer.
Elijah Thomas, a top 30 prospect in the Class of 2015, is leaving the program, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com. He was averaging 3.8 points and 2.5 boards this season, but he saw just 16 minutes of action over the last five games. He hadn’t attempted a field goal since the win over Texas in the Bahamas on Nov. 25th, and in Saturday’s win over Kansas State, he was not even on the A&M bench.
Head coach Billy Kennedy, at the time, attributed it to “personal issues” and said that the program expected him back soon.
Thomas was part of a loaded freshman class for the Aggies, but he had been forced to the bench once Jalen Jones returned from a four game suspension. Another freshman, Tyler Davis, and sophomore Tony Trocha-Morales have passed Thomas on the depth chart.
In November, sophomore point guard Alex Robinson, a former top 100 recruit, announced that he would be transferring out of the program.
Texas A&M is 8-2 this season and ranked No. 24 in the country.