Virginia Tech Class of 2013 signee Trevor Thompson participated in the 2013 Elite Showcase Basketball Classic on Sunday, March 24th at trinity university in Washington, DC. Donte Clark was also supposed to participate in the game but was a no-show (I asked Trevor after the game and he had no idea why Clark wasn’t there).
Trevor had the best first half of anyone in the game. He had 13 points on 6/10 shooting, 1/2 free throws, 6 rebounds, and one block. Both the points and rebounds were the most of anyone in the game at the break. He was much quieter in the second half, though, with just 2 points on 1/3 FGs, 1 steal and 1 assist. He finished the game with 15 points on 7/13 FGs, 1/2 FTs, 7 rebounds, and 1 steal, block, and assist. His 7 FGs included 3 dunks, 2 putbacks, a turnaround bank shot from 6-8 feet, and a 10-12 foot jumper. He missed other 3 or 4 jumpshots including one that Dodd swatted right back in his face but he ended up getting a dunk out of it.
Thompson is listed as a center but I don’t feel he’s quite ready to be a big man in the low post just yet. He needs to add some weight to his frame but is athletic. I’d call him a stretch-4 at this point. Not quite as tall as JvZ and with more weight already than Joey had last year, and more polished as a scorer. Trevor isn’t afraid to face the basket from 12-18 feet away, but his jumper has a weird, clockwise-spin on it (as opposed to backspin) that he’ll need to fix as he progresses.
He didn’t show a lot of post moves, but this was an all-star game, they aren’t exactly feeding the post a lot. He did show a short hook to his right and a turnaround jumper in the post. Trevor didn’t show the tenacity on the glass we’ll need him to have, but again, this was an all-star game. You don’t expect to see it but hopefully he has it.
My buddy Pete also noted he has bad posture a lot of the time on the court so he hides his height to a degree. As you can see in the pictures of him and me, he towers over me (I’m 6’1″ – a real 6’1″). So I’d put him at a legit 6’9″, or probably 6’10” or 6’11” in “basketball height”. If he can add weight, he could be a force.
The all-star game featured no Top 150 recruits (since Clark wasn’t there). It had mostly 2 and 3-star prospects who all would be playing at the next level, but mostly at low-to-mid-majors such as navy, holy cross, niagara, vmi, manhattan, and duquesne. Some of the 3-stars will be going to providence, arizona, and kansas (Frank Mason, who VT really thought they were going to get).
One player of note was Damonte Dodd, a 6’9″ 230 lbs. center going to maryland. I’d say Trevor was an inch or two taller, but Dodd was clearly more physical than Thompson, dunking on him once and swatting Trevor’s shots twice. But Thompson was more athletic than Dodd and was able to beat him to the hoop a couple of times on nice feeds. Trevor will have to beef up to compete with bigs that size though — and Dodd isn’t even in college yet. Schools like pitt and syracuse and unc will have guys at least Dodd’s size that Trevor will have to bang with down low. I would rate Dodd as the better player today because he’s more physically ready for the ACC, but Trevor may have more upside because he’s more versatile and active on offense (can step away from the hoop).
The most visually appealing player was Harold Givens. He could literally jump out of the gym and put on a show in pregame dunks. He is considering several SEC schools and miami, ga tech, and uva (boo).
Trevor’s team lost on a tip-in at the buzzer to cap an exciting ending to the game. Approximately 120 people were there (I literally counted everyone there at one point).
Not pictured is all the chili and cheese I spilled on myself from the half-smoke I got there (it was embarrassing).