The Virginia Tech basketball program finally got some news of the good variety yesterday, when 6'9"/6'10" center Trevor Thompson out of St. Johns Northwestern Military Academy in Delaplane, Wi. Thompson, listed as a 3-star recruit by both Rivals and 247 Sports, completed his high school eligibility a year ago at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis, In., but is prepping at St Johns.
According to Techhoops.com, Thompson is originally from Reston, Va., and at one point attended South Lakes High School, so there is a local connection of some sort.
247 Sports has only confirmed two offers for Thompson (Virginia Tech and Ball State), while Rivals confirms at least four offers for the big man, whose stock has continued to increase over the summer. He is viewed as quite a raw prospect, but if there is one rule in basketball, it's that there are only so many 6'9"/6'10" guys out there, and one thing you can't coach is size.
Thompson's commitment to the Hokies does several things; 1. It legitimizes James Johnson as a recruiter to recruits and skeptics, and 2. It provides the Hokies with sorely needed post depth (or, just any depth). The Hokies still have only eight scholarship players eligible to play in 2012 on their roster after a mass of defections (relative to basketball) following the firing of longtime coach Seth Greenberg on April 24. Those eight players and two walk ons include only three true post players, one of which who was redshirted a year ago.
Thompson was visiting Monday during the Virginia Tech-Georgia Tech football game. He admitted that once he left he didn't want to wait any longer, so it looks like our fans played a part in Trevor's commitment.
I was unable to find any video on Thompson, but trust me, as soon as I have it, you will have it and I will break it down for you at that point. I was able to find out that Thompson averaged around 10 points and 8 rebounds a year ago for Ben Davis HS. Fans of Chieck Diakite and lovers of defense will be excited to know that Thompson also averaged nearly 4 blocks per game a year ago.
To be honest, those statistics are very underwhelming for a high school player going to play college basketball in a power conference a year from now, but it's a start. He will probably not have an immediate impact for the Hokies unless his game matures in a year, but it might be a blessing in disguise as his basketball immaturity may have allowed him to fly under the radar and allowed the Hokies to land him.
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