Houston's unsung big

TaShawn Thomas has been a favorite of the tempo free community ever since the 6-foot-8 forward stepped onto the Conference USA (and now American Athletic Conference) campus. Even though many have lauded the efforts of Thomas, a big who, in his two seasons as a Cougar, converted more than 55 percent of his twos, posted an offensive rating above 110 in consecutive years, and is a defensive force capable of snatching down additional possessions from opponents' grasps as well as sending shots back into their faces, he still seems underrated nationally, which could be due for a change when Houston travels to Brooklyn for the Legends Classic.