Blog Entry

With the 12th pick of the 2008 NBA Draft...

Posted on: June 27, 2008 11:15 am
 
The Sacramento Kings select...Jason Thompson, Forward/Center, Rider University.

My Reaction - HOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLIIIIIIEEEEEE S************************!!!!!!!!!!

Text Message from my roommate Norm - JASON THOMPSON!!!

Unreal. I've watched Jason play at Rider for the last 3 years, starting my academic career at Rider when Jason was a sophomore. But it wasn't until after his junior year that the NBA started looking at Thompson. The past two seasons in college, Thompson averaged aver 20 points and ten rebounds a game. You can say that yes, he played in the Metro Atlantic (MAAC) and never got a chance to play big time opposition, but you'd only be about half-right. What really attracted scouts to Thompson was his play at a LeBron James' Skills Camp last summer. A 6-11 forward was guarding Lebron 1-on-1, and holding his own. How can a big man play defense against one of the best players in the NBA? Who is this kid? Well, Jason Thompson signed with Rider as a junior at Lenape HS in NJ. He was signed as a 6-5 SF. He grew into a 6-11 beast during his college career. And the best part, he grew up as a shooting guard. Meaning, this 6-11 PF/C can handle the ball, hit mid-range jumpers, play post and perimeter  defense and run the floor. Athletically he is a freak and I am excited to now have an NBA team to follow.

So let's run through the checklist I made earlier -

Change CBS profile - Make Kings NBA Favorite (Celtics/Ray Allen dropped to preferred) - Check
Write Blog Entry about Draft Night - In prgoress
Buy Jersey/Hat from Store (NJ is nowhere near CA) Online - Later (waiting for potential trade, although it sounds like Sacramento loves Thompson)
Look-up dates of Kings games in Philly/NJ/NY - Later (again, potential trade)

Thanks to the Ray Allen trade last NBA Draft (Seattle/Boston), I've watched more NBA games last season than I have in the rest of my life. I've always been a stickler for the college game. The passion, the energy, the defense...but maybe, just maybe, the NBA will grow on me a little bit now.

Oh yeah, almost forgot...

GO KINGS IN 2008-2009!!!

- Eagle
Comments

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: June 29, 2008 3:38 pm
 

With the 12th pick of the 2008 NBA Draft...

Congrads on getting your guy.  I was a little shocked that he went that early, but people aren't talking bad about the kid. They talk as though he was going to fly under some teams' radar. It's always great to watch a person develope during his college career and then join your favorite team.  That's the only thing that makes me root the Iowa Hawkeyes when the Oregon Ducks arent playing.

Thanks for a little more insite on the kid



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