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Houston releases TaShawn Thomas, Danuel House with restrictions

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

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Since Kelvin Sampson took over at Houston, the biggest storyline has been the Cougars refusing to grant releases to TaShawn Thomas and Danuel House, the team's two leading scorers.

On Friday, we got something of a resolution -- but it's not over just yet.

"Just released with three stipulations," Texas PRO AAU coach Marland Lowe told CBSSports.com on Friday evening.

The restrictions are as follows:

  • Any Division-I school in the state of Texas
  • Any current schools in the American Athletic Conference, or any school that is currently scheduled to leave or join the league in the next ywo years
  • Any school on Houston's 2014-15 or 2015-16 schedule
Moreover, any school House and Thomas speak with has to be approved by Houston.

Both players are from Texas, and have taken issue with the restriction that they can't choose a school close to home.

Thomas and House will be coveted prospects on the transfer market either way. Thomas, a 6-foot-8 power forward, averaged 15.4 points and 8.1 rebounds last season, while the 6-foot-7 sophomore House put up 13.6 points and 5.3 rebounds.

Sampson replaced James Dickey in early April.

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