|Team: North Texas|
H: 6' 5"|
W: 205 lbs
(27 Years Old)
Current: G |
High School: Brewster Acad
Hometown: Angleton, TX
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Tristan Thompson is the only one-and-done player in this class, and while he doesn't stand out overall, his ability to get to the line is an incredibly valuable skill.
No player in this group of big men got to the line at a higher rate than Thompson. More than a quarter (26.3%) of his possessions resulted in a free throw, which is a pretty staggering number. Thompson only scored 0.938 PPP overall (4th last), and there's no question that his skill level has a long way to go, but he has plenty of time to improve and his ability to get his team into the bonus despite being so raw is promising.
Thompson's biggest weaknesses from a situational standpoint are his post-game and jump shooting. With nearly 37% of his touches coming down low, the Canadian big man only scored 0.749 points per-possessions with his back to the basket, 2nd to last in this group after Jeremy Tyler. As a jump shooter, Thompson scored a sample worst 0.654 PPP on a meager 0.7 attempts per-game, which is not much of a surprise considering his 49% free throw conversion rate. The 20-year old big man lacks significant polish at this point.
At this juncture, Thompson's ability to put the ball on the deck and throw his weight around down low are notable, but he's only an average finisher (64%) and has a ton of room to grow into a role in the future as his skill set begins to dictate what he can bring to a team offensively.
Measuring in slightly taller than expected 6-7.5, Tristan Thompson has average size but compensates with a 7-1 ¼ inch wingspan. Those measurements put his in the company of Josh Smith (6-7 without shoes, 7-0 wingspan) and James Johnson (6-7 without shoes, 7-0 ¾ wingspan) amongst recently drafted players. Amongst the younger players here, Thompson's 227-pound frame is also impressive.[Read Full Article]
Report by Kyle Nelson, Video Breakdown by Sebastian Pruiti
Tristan Thompson was the 12th ranked member in the class of 2012 and, like many of his fellow top-ranked freshman, struggled with inconsistency this season while showing tantalizing flashes of potential. While he registered 10 double-doubles and emerged as one of the top big men in the Big 12, he struggled offensively in high profile match-ups against North Carolina, Southern California, Kansas, and Arizona, all teams with NBA-caliber frontcourt players.
Despite his up-and-down freshman campaign, however, Thompson entered the 2011 NBA Draft and hired an agent. While he is currently projected as a lottery pick questions remain, however, as to what Thompson's role will be in the NBA and whether his skill set translates favorably to the next level.
From a positional standpoint, Thompson projects as a power forward. While he may lack ideal size at around 6'8, he compensates with a long 7'2 wingspan and a solid 235-pound frame. He must continue to get stronger, but he already has a strong lower body and core, which allowed him to hold his own in the post despite his low skill level as a freshman and should continue to work in his favor at the next level.
Thompson is a good overall athlete, adequately quick and explosive, bouncy and active around the basket. Even if he is not an elite athlete by NBA standards, his freshman season was characterized by his energy and while he is not particularly skilled, he asserted himself simply through his consistently high effort level.
Fittingly, Thompson found nearly half of his offensive possessions by making athletic plays off of the ball: scrapping for offensive rebounds, cutting to the basket, and in transition, where was an excellent finisher.
His ability to move without the ball, in particular, is promising to his early NBA prospects, as he will not likely have many plays run for him until he develops further. He is most effective cutting to the basket and finishing off of dump passes and lobs at this point. Texas rarely utilized him in the pick-and-roll, but he looked very solid in limited possessions where he showcased his quickness and mobility—something that could become a staple of his game in the NBA.
He also does a good job of crashing the offensive glass, averaging 4.9 offensive rebounds per 40 minutes pace adjusted, which ranked eighth amongst prospects in the DraftExpress Database this season. His quick second bounce and active hands allow him to remain a factor for most loose balls in his immediate vicinity, a skill that should translate favorably to the next level.
Tristan Thompson (height with shoes: 6'8.5, weight: 233, wingspan: 7'2) showed some flashes today, much like he did at the McDonald's game, but remains extremely inconsistent with what he brings to the table. His shooting mechanics yield erratic results at this point, but his athleticism is hard to ignore. Exploiting his quickness on multiple occasions, Thompson showed no remorse using his first step to turn the corner to attempt to finish above the rim. Certainly not a good enough shooter or ball handler to be a consistent face up threat yet, Thompson has a world of potential, but still has a ton of room to grow.[Read Full Article]
Thompson started things off by catching the ball off the bounce for the reverse, earning him a 58 score.
This surely wasn't the most impressive performance of the season for Thompson (#6 Scout, #17 Rivals, #11 ESPN), partially due to foul trouble, so it's probably not wise to read too much into it and instead wait for better opportunities to evaluate him.
What we could see was that Thompson has shed most of the baby fat he was surprisingly sporting last summer and has worked on chiseling up his outstanding frame. He's still the same long and athletic forward with outstanding rebounding skills—coming up with some monster boards out of his area in traffic in this game, and being pretty active in general getting his hands on loose balls.
Offensively, Thompson continues to look fairly limited, as he doesn't sport much in the ways of ball-handling skills or perimeter shooting ability, and didn't make much of an effort to assert himself in the post considering the size advantage he enjoyed on his matchups. He did have one terrific drop-step move, which was unfortunately called off due to a dubious traveling violation. Ultimately he remains the type of player who needs shots created for him around the basket beyond the points he gives you in transition or on the offensive glass.
Beyond that, it's better to wait for the high school all-star game circuit to formulate a better opinion on his long-term potential.
One of the highest rated players in the 2010 class, Tristan Thompson (#1 Scout, #5 Rivals, #3 ESPN) showed everyone in attendance why, scoring 20 points on 7-for-13 shooting while pulling in 13 rebounds and making 3 blocks. The 6'9 forward has a skinny frame but is very long and is exceptionally quick off the ground for his size. He's also highly mobile and coordinated with good quickness, and clearly is just tapping the surface of his potential.
On the offensive end, Thompson does most of his damage in the paint, where he has the groundwork of a post game in place. He has no right hand to speak of at this stage, but he shows flashes of drop-steps and turnaround jumpers that he finishes with good touch and follows up strong when he doesn't. He also will disguise his lack of a right hand by faking a spin left shoulder, showing a decent grasp of counter-moves for someone his age. His moves aren't highly defined yet, but you can see the immense potential in the amount of range he covers on his moves when he makes them, being able to extend for good separation with ease.
Thompson doesn't have much of a jumper yet, but he shows flashes of ball-handling abilities, looking uncomfortable in the halfcourt but fairly comfortable in transition where he finished on a nice end-to-end dunk here. Thompson was strong in transition and attacking the glass in this game, using his good hands, long arms, and quickness getting off the floor to finish with ease.
Defensively, he shows a fairly good basketball IQ for his age, showing a good understanding of pick-and-roll defense along with the lateral quickness and stance to stick with guards when he switches off on the perimeter. In the lane, he shows pretty good timing and awareness on shot blocks while he's active moving around the floor. He's prone to going through the motions at times, looking lackadaisical on some possessions, but nothing severe.
Looking forward, it's easy to understand why Thompson is so highly rated in his class, though he clearly still has much work to do. While his frame is capable of holding a bit more bulk, he doesn't have a prototypical power forward's body with his narrowish shoulders, so developing more perimeter skills to become more of a combo forward should be highly considered, though growing another inch or two wouldn't hurt either. His potential is clearly off the charts, and his combination of physical attributes (length/athleticism), budding skills and seemingly very strong intangibles paint a very bright picture moving forward.
We’ve written about Tristan Thompson (#1 Scout, #2 Rivals, #5 ESPN) in plenty of depth already (click the link to view his profile and read more), since he played for one of the top high school teams in America this year, alongside Samardo Samuels, and not much has changed since the last time we saw him. He’s still the same super long, athletic physical specimen with a perfect frame for an NBA small forward or modern day “hybrid forward.” He has the lateral quickness to defend either the 3 or the 4 in the NBA, but doesn’t have the skill-set to play on the perimeter offensively at this point in time—which isn’t a shock considering that he just finished his second year of high school. Thompson can finish in traffic, but is just an average ball-handler, while his outside stroke gets pretty shaky once you get past the mid-range area. He looks fairly passive at times (in our words) and was even called soft by others, but it’s probably way too early to go that far so soon. At this point it’s pretty clear that Thompson is much more of a prospect than he is a productive player just yet, but there is no doubting the upside he has. Now it’s time for him to fulfill it.[Read Full Article]
Thompson has shown a lot of promise for a player so young touring the country. He sees plenty of minutes at the small forward position at the moment due to St. Benedict’s inside duo of Samardo Samuels and Greg Echenique, offering plenty of intrigue as a prospect down the road. Owning all of the ideal physical characteristics one could ask for in a wing, standing 6’8, blessed with very long arms, and owning superb quickness for a player so young. The Canadian phenom is already a very nice defender, playing with a great passion and applying a massive amount of ball pressure to whomever he was guarding.
Offensively, the perimeter skills are not quite there yet, with Thompson standing to use room for improvement in the areas of ball-handling and shooting. His lack of refinement in these areas has not stopped the top programs in the country from calling, with North Carolina, Duke, Kansas, Memphis, and Georgetown amongst the schools currently recruiting Tristan. Far from a finished product, he has established himself as a name to remember down the road and one of the better players the high school class of 2010 has to offer at the moment.
Despite just being a sophomore coming off the bench, there may be no more of an intriguing prospect on St. Benedict’s than Tristan Thompson. The sophomore played sparingly and though his performance didn’t appear that impressive in the box score, there were several flashes of big time potential.
At 6’8” 215 pounds, Thompson has a very long and lean frame. While his lack of muscle at this point hurts him somewhat when playing inside, his wingspan and athleticism more than make up for it. The youngsters release point on his shots in the paint is so high that most players at this level will not be able to block them. On the other side of the ball, Thompson is already a shot blocking menace, recording a couple of very impressive swats during his time on the floor.
By far the most intriguing feature of Thompson’s game that we saw though was his ability to play on the perimeter. Though he didn’t attempt any shots from out here, he looked quite comfortable handling the ball on the wing, and clearly this is a normal part of the St. Benedict’s offense to have him out there. Thompson is athletic and quick enough where if as he becomes more of a focal point of his team’s offense it isn’t hard to imagine him taking advantage of mismatches on the outside and taking slower post players to the basket on a regular basis.
Defensively, Thompson shows loads of potential as a disruptive force. As previously mentioned he is already a shot blocking threat and his length makes him a very strong rebounder. If he can add some extra weight to keep from being pushed out of position he will almost certainly be a double-double threat on a nightly basis. Thompson typically plays with his arms up which allows him to cut off passing lanes and deflect a lot of passes.
It is certainly too early to make any kinds of predictions about how Thompson will turn out, even as a college level athlete. What is obvious though is the amount of upside and potential for Thompson to develop into an excellent player. He already has good size and has room to grow; factor in his athleticism and his developing play on the perimeter, we could be looking at a 6’8” player that could blossom into an inside-outside threat.
Only being a sophomore, Tristan Thompson (#5 Scout) was one of the youngest players we evaluated over the week, but just from the glimpses we saw, it’s not hard to see why he’s so highly regarded this early already.
Standing 6-8, with a great frame, a superb wingspan, and outstanding athletic ability, Thompson fits the prototype and then some of what you look for in a combo forward prospect. He’s a power forward at the moment who likes to play facing the basket at the moment, but whose future probably lies at the small forward spot if he develops correctly over the next few years. Rudy Gay is one name that comes to mind when evaluating him, for example.
Thompson is exceptionally raw offensively, but already shows great promise on the defensive end. He has great lateral quickness (even keeping up with guards), and is extremely aggressive, getting right into his matchup’s grill and challenging him on the perimeter. He hits the glass and plays really hard in general, which is how he earns his minutes off the bench for this loaded St. Benedict’s team. Don’t expect that to change at the next level.
Offensively, Thompson drops hints of potential from time to time, but still seems very much in the process of putting things together on this end of the floor. He plays mostly inside at the moment, showing raw footwork but also some very basic, very athletic moves that looked pretty intriguing coming in transition or after an offensive rebound. He can put the ball on the floor some to attack his matchup, or play a little bit with his back to the basket, all in small doses of course. His shooting skills are very raw, even from the free throw line, as are his ball-handling skills. He plays a little bit tentatively as you might expect a younger guy competing with players one or two years older than him probably would.
All in all, it’s way too early to draw any long term conclusions here, but the early results are certainly promising.