Louisville appeared like it was going to play a few men down this season. On Tuesday, Chris Mack and the Cardinals learned that they will be another player short.
Freshman forward Lance Thomas asked for, and was granted, his release from Louisville after informing the school of his intentions to transfer to another program.
“Lance and his family felt that a change was best for him,” Louisville coach Chris Mack said in a university release. “We have provided him his unconditional release to transfer and we wish him the best. Our team returns to campus next week for summer semester classes and I know they are all committed to working hard, getting better and preparing for the season.”
Thomas played in 12 games for Louisville last season. The Norcross, Ga., native averaged 2.2 points and 1.3 rebounds while shooting 64.3 percent from the floor.
The 4-star prospect ranked as the 28th-best power forward and the 120th overall player in the Class of 2017, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.
“I want to thank everyone in Louisville,” Thomas said. “Everyone at the university, the city and the community has been very good to me. After returning home at the end of the semester I was just thinking about my future. I feel it’s in my best interest to look at other options for my career.”
Thomas is the third non-graduating departure from the program this offseason, joining NBA hopefuls Ray Spalding and Deng Adel. Louisville now has eight scholarship players committed to play in 2018-19.