|UW hoops star Thomas tweets football|
|Written by Admin|
|Tuesday, 02 February 2010 23:03|
Last season's Pac-10 freshman of the year was walking past a workroom full of reporters before practice. He then whipped out his personal digital assistant and indulged in his latest tweeting fun.
``I wanna play football nxt year,'' Thomas posted on his Twitter page, knowing the media would see the post and ask Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar about it.
Sure enough, minutes later Romar was reacting to the latest Internet musings of a college sophomore who turns 21 on Sunday.
The coach just chuckled at Thomas' crack at emulating one of his mentors, former Huskies two-sport player and NBA star Nate Robinson.
``I wanted to play football, too,'' said Romar, who played basketball for Washington and then in the NBA into the 1980s.
work posts often and dangerously equate to news.
``That Twitter stuff, kids can put anything on there. And it works! You're asking me if he's going to play football,'' the coach said incredulously, while otherwise discussing Thursday night's key home game against Arizona, which is tied for first-place in the Pac-10.
Huskies football coach Steve Sarkisian, who was busy finalizing recruiting plans on the eve of national signing day, also got a laugh out of the idea of Thomas coming out for his team.
``Isaiah in the Wildcat (formation) would be fun to watch!'' Sarkisian joked when told of Thomas' tale.
Before practice - basketball practice, that is - Thomas looked and sounded like the joke was on everyone else.
``I want to, but I probably won't,'' he said of playing football.
No, probably not.
The record-setting scorer at Curtis High School in University Place, Wash., a few years ago is 5-foot-9. He is averaging 17.7 points per game for the Huskies (14-7, 4-5 Pac-10) and has scored 20-plus points in eight games this season.
And, oh, yeah, Thomas didn't play football at Curtis.
``I'm multitalented. I might go out for quarterback,'' he cracked, knowing Washington has a likely Heisman Trophy candidate returning at that position next season in Jake Locker. ``I might take Chris Polk's job at running back.''
Finally, Thomas copped to his Twitter fun.
``We'll see how basketball goes,'' he said before adding, ``I was just joking around with you guys.''