Creighton’s Thomas declares he’ll remain in draft

Khyri Thomas of Creighton announced Sunday he will hire an agent and remain in the NBA Draft.

Creighton standout junior guard Khyri Thomas announced Sunday he will sign with an agent and remain in the NBA Draft, giving up his senior season of eligibility with the Bluejays.

The 6-foot-3 Thomas, who averaged 15.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.7 steals for Creighton while being named Big East Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season.

Creighton coach Greg McDermott said he’s thrilled for Thomas as he heads to professional basketball. Many recent mock drafts have Thomas projected as a first-round draft selection.

“(His) selfless approach to the game, positive attitude and tireless work ethic has been a joy to be around the last three years,” McDermott said.

Junior center Justin Patton became the first first-round draft pick from Creighton since Doug McDermott, son of Greg McDermott, was selected with the 11th overall choice by Denver in 2011 and then traded to the Chicago Bulls, being taken with the 16th overall selection by Chicago and dealt to the Minnesota Timberwolves.