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Report: UT's Thompson in NBA Draft

Posted on: April 21, 2011 3:05 pm
Edited on: April 21, 2011 3:22 pm
Texas freshman Tristan Thompson will not return for his sophomore season because he's entering the NBA Draft, the Austin American Statesman newspaper reported Thursday.

Thompson averaged 13.1 points and 7.8 rebounds for the Longhorns last season.

The 6-foot-8 forward told reporters he would return to school after UT's final game, but he has since changed his mind. Most mock drafts have him  projected to be picked in the first round. The Longhorns now turn their attention to waiting to see whether Jordan Hamilton will follow Thompson's lead or instead return to Austin for his junior season.

The deadline to declare for the NBA Draft is Sunday.

Since: Apr 4, 2011
Posted on: April 22, 2011 6:04 pm

Report: UT's Thompson in NBA Draft

Either way, Rick Barnes to me is the problem! Not a very good coach in my opinion!

Since: Feb 14, 2007
Posted on: April 22, 2011 2:20 pm

Report: UT's Thompson in NBA Draft

I think its a mistake for Thompson to leave early.  Like someone else said, he will disappear and probably wont see him for years making any significant contributions.  He is undersized to play the 5 which is his best position and I don't think he can play the 4.

Since: Mar 7, 2007
Posted on: April 22, 2011 1:55 pm

Report: UT's Thompson in NBA Draft

I said less desirable not wouldn't want.  Do you know the difference? 
What's stupid is not realizing that T J Ford played 3 years for UT. I was writing about one and done players. Thompson is also no Kevin Durant, either.  Durant was a much more polished college player than Thompson.

Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: April 22, 2011 1:35 pm

Report: UT's Thompson in NBA Draft

Stupid remark Charlie42s, NC schools would love to have had Kevin Durant, T J Ford, Tristan Thompson. Lemarcus Aldridge and other U of Texas stars for one year.  Back to reality, my guess is that Thompson is making a big mistake and would have done much better for himself as a pro had he stayed in college another year.  The money must be tempting.  Whether he was any kind of a student or liked college life are anybodys guess.  Look for Thompson to disappear onto a Toronto roster and resurface 4 or 5 years down the road as a nice secondary player getting 18 minutes a game. Thompson is no Durant but he may be a Tyler Hansbrough.

Since: Mar 7, 2007
Posted on: April 22, 2011 12:45 pm

Report: UT's Thompson in NBA Draft

I wasn't surprised by the announcement.  Rick Barnes is recruiting players that are telling him during the process that they want to turn pro early.  These players are less desirable to NC schools. College players are limited to 20 hours a week practice time with their coaches, as a pro they aren't limited.  They leave early because they want the money and more tutoring in the sport of basketball.

Since: Feb 21, 2008
Posted on: April 22, 2011 8:26 am

Report: UT's Thompson in NBA Draft

Given his earlier statements, I am a bit surprised, but the weakness of this year's draft means a lot more players who were on the fence now will probably be staying in the draft, and feel inclined to jump in these last few days. I bet Thompson is the first domino at Texas, and Barnes will start to really feel some pressure next season. I expect the Kentucky 3 will all stay in to capitalize on this poor draft, and the supposed "guaranteed money", though with all signs pointing to lockout, nothing is guaranteed. This domino effect will hurt guys like Kyle Singler the most, as he was climbing back into 1st round possibilities, the same for Ashton Gibbs, they both may be looking dead in the face of the second round. It's an interesting paradox: a weak draft allows players to maximize their status, yet the lockout may harm them the absolute most. Second rounders may want to think about Europe or even China.

Since: Dec 16, 2008
Posted on: April 22, 2011 2:25 am

Report: UT's Thompson in NBA Draft

I knew he would leave. He was a BEAST this season. And he came in as a top recruit to begin with. He said he was coming back, but why would he? This is a pretty weak draft, and hes definitly one of the top 5 big men in it.

Since: Nov 25, 2009
Posted on: April 21, 2011 7:36 pm

Report: UT's Thompson in NBA Draft

I wouldn't say players are encouraged to go pro.  Of course, there can be exceptions but that is not the norm.  However, there are a fair amount of kids going to school for a year because of the NBA's rule regarding age and time out of high school. 

I can't argue with you about the NBA though, it is a superstar league with it's preferential treatment.  That's a product of the rules though.  Nobody wants to watch their team get beat because their best player is saddled on the bench with foul trouble.  Give the players an extra foul but keep the one-and-one and double bonus rules the same.

Since: Feb 18, 2008
Posted on: April 21, 2011 6:18 pm

Report: UT's Thompson in NBA Draft

With all these players opting out of college basketball to turn professional basketball, one question popped up.  Don't you have to be good to play in the pros?  So many of these guys have shown nothing to justify an early entry into the NBA.  It's sad that this isn't discouraged, rather than encouraged, especially those who have spent only one year in college.  If say, they've spent three years in college, at least they've had a chance to mature while they've attended school.  No wonder I can't stand watching NBA games.  The low quality of play along with the extra poor officiating, it's barely tolerable for more than a few minutes.  One game I watched Kobe Bryant during 5 times down the court commit what would've been 4 offensive fouls and a travelling violation.  The NBA needs to clean up its game, badly!

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