Cleveland “Pancake” Thomas wants to be a starter.

And since the 6-foot-3 sophomore guard doesn’t see that as a realistic possibility at the University of New Mexico in the next couple of seasons, he requested, and was granted, his release from his scholarship from the Lobos basketball team Wednesday.

“All came down to I didn’t see my dreams coming true here,” Thomas told the Journal.

Thomas said he wanted to thank everyone around the program – from coaches to teammates to the fans – who made the past two seasons as a Lobo memorable.

“I’m a little upset it didn’t work out like I wanted, but there are no hard feelings,” Thomas said. “I just want to go somewhere I might get a chance to start.”

The Baton Rouge, La., native said he does not yet have a school in mind for the transfer, but added the school doesn’t necessarily need to be closer to home, just at a Division I school he feels is a good fit for him. He will have to sit out a season and then will have two years of playing eligibility beyond that.

He plans to leave Albuquerque in mid-May after he completes finals.

Thomas is the third player from this past season to seek a transfer and the seventh overall from the 2013-14 roster who is moving on, joining Kendall Williams, Cameron Bairstow and Chris Perez (exhausted eligibility), Alex Kirk (pursuing professional career), Nick Banyard (transfer) and Tim Myles (transfer).

Williams, Bairstow and Kirk were starters who scored 66.1 percent of UNM’s points this past season. Perez (two games) and Myles (one game) were seldom used.

Banyard and Thomas, however, were big parts of the rotation early in the season, with Thomas starting the first 10 games. By the end, however, neither was a regular, with Banyard appearing in just one of the team’s final 11 games and Thomas averaging fewer than nine minutes per game in the final five. In the season-ending loss to Stanford, Banyard did not play, while Thomas played four minutes.