Cleveland Thomas talks about leaving Lobos

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Cleveland “Pancake” Thomas said leaving Lobo basketball was a tough choice and disappointing.

Thomas had hoped to spend his entire career in Lobos cherry and silver. He said loyalty is important to him.

The Lobos announced the release of the sophomore guard Wednesday.

Thomas had a couple of meetings with head coach Craig Neal before reaching a final decision. Thomas said he will miss Lobo fans. They exceeded his expectations.

Thomas averaged 3.9 points, 2.4 rebounds and 15.2 minutes of action per game this past season. He said there were various reasons to leave but, his role on the team for next year, whether he would be a starter or not, was one of the biggest factors.

Thomas plans to transfer to a division one school and sit out a season. He said there is already interest but, he has yet to decide on a new school. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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