Thomas and House say they had asked for their releases to transfer but were denied. Now, they say they plan to appeal those denials to a special University of Houston committee.
Thomas led the Cougars in scoring this past season with 15.4 points per game and rebounding with 8.1 per game. He was named first-team all-Conference USA in 2012-13 and second-team all American Athletic Conference this past season.
House was the second-leading scorer in 2013-14 with an average of 13.6 points.