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Thursday, November 4, 2010
Hawaii player gets named spelled correctly

By Diamond Leung

Hawaii forward Joston Thomas wants to make it clear at long last that his name is not spelled J-O-S-T-E-N, according to Warrior Insider.

It's a spelling that for years has proliferated across the Internet and even been made erroneously by the schools he's attended.

When Hawaii signed Thomas as a junior college transfer in April, the school announced the addition of Thomas and attributed a quote to coach Gib Arnold that included the misspelling.

At the College of Southern Idaho, where he played his freshman season, the error was made throughout the entire season and still appears on his online bio.

Get used to hearing (and spelling) the name because the 6-foot-7 Thomas is one of the team's top newcomers brought in by the first-year coach to change the identity of a team that last season won only three league games.

ESPNU, among the sites listing him as Josten, ranked him the nation's 27th-best small forward coming out of high school.

According to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser:
He attended four of them before graduating from God's Academy in Texas; and the elite programs kept tracking him before he ended up at the same JC where Arnold once coached.

The muscular 6-foot-7 sophomore forward from Washington, D.C., could eventually become the centerpiece of the Rainbows -- but only if the College of Southern Idaho grad's rambling days are over. Thomas says they are, that he finds the pace and vibe of the islands a match for his outgoing personality.

"It's really laid-back here and I like that," he said after yesterday's practice.