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Nice (and surprising?) start for Texas' Thompson

Posted on: November 19, 2010 12:57 am
Edited on: November 19, 2010 1:06 am
 
I watched Tristan Thompson play on the summer circuit a bunch in 2008 and 2009.

And I never loved him.

He was obviously talented, sure. But the 6-foot-8 forward always seemed to be missing whatever it is that makes great players great, and coming into this season I actually figured Cory Joseph would  be the former Grassroots Canada star making the biggest impact at Texas. Through three games, I'm more wrong than Tony Parker's dating habits. Thompson is averaging 16.3 points and 7.7 rebounds, and he was the star of UT's 90-84 win over No. 13 Illinois that tipped late Thursday and ended early Friday after an overtime period inside Madison Square Garden.

Texas-Illinois wasn't the biggest game to date, but it might've been the most fun. The score was tied 45-45 at the half and 75-75 at the end of regulation, at which point the Longhorns reeled off eight straight points to build the lead that led to the upset. Thompson? He finished with 20 points, nine rebounds and six blocks, and, suddenly, he seems to have whatever it is that makes great players great.

Next up is Friday night's game with No. 5 Pittsburgh.

It'll be interesting to see whether Thompson can lead the unranked Lonhorns to another upset.
Category: NCAAB
Comments

Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2010 2:38 pm
 

Nice (and surprising?) start for Texas' Thompson

The Texas offense is embarrassing.  One on one play and that is it, no movement, no nothing.  Illinois, poorly coached in their own right, gave the game away when Coach Orangeface Crybaby decided to inexplicably sit Jereme Richmond at the end of the game.  Both these teams are going to underachieve this season given the talent on the respective rosters.




Since: Feb 15, 2009
Posted on: November 19, 2010 1:18 pm
 

Nice (and surprising?) start for Texas' Thompson

As a Longhorn fan and after a LOONG football season, I was VERY excited to see TT!  Great spin-fade shot!  Great blocking skills!  Then it was like watching Pedro Cerranno from Major League.... when he got to the free throw line.... 



Since: Oct 13, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2010 9:47 am
 

Nice (and surprising?) start for Texas' Thompson

Depends on the poll you're using.  While I recognize the coaches poll like many others do.  Most only recognize the AP poll, where Texas is unranked heading into this week. 



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2010 4:13 am
 

Nice start for Texas' Thompson

And what's wrong with Tony Parker's dating habits? He's getting something at home as well as something on the side. You can't beat that with a stick (although certain celebrity wives have been known to use a nine-iron). Laughing



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2010 4:07 am
 

Nice (and surprising?) start for Texas' Thompson

Hey Gary,

Why do you refer to #22 Texas as "unranked"?



Since: Nov 19, 2010
Posted on: November 19, 2010 2:30 am
 

Nice (and surprising?) start for Texas' Thompson

Or perhaps, Gary, you just never saw that he had whatever it is that makes great players great while others did. Having watched Tristan for years both with his high school teams (Findlay and St. Bens) and during the summer with Grassroots Canada, you could easily tell that he was going to be a great player at both the collegiate level and further.


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