Both of Virginia Tech’s 2008 men’s basketball recruiting class commitments participated with their respective AAU teams in this past weekend’s Boo Williams Invitational in Hampton (VA). J.T. Thompson played with the Charlotte Royals while Shamarr Bowden played with eventual 17-and-under champ Boo Williams Summer League.
6-6, 215-pound J.T. Thompson showed why he is rated a 4-star prospect and the #61 overall player in the country by Scout.com in Saturday’s win over the New Jersey All-Stars. Thompson, who played for Hope Christian School this past season, scored 16 points including two big-time dunks in the Charlotte Royals 84-60 win on Saturday.
Thompson is a terrific athlete and he is strong, as he has the body to be able to bang down low at the power forward position. He also made one 3-pointer in the game and looked like a savvy player on the court. And, he seems comfortable using either hand to score. He projects as a small forward on the next level.
This off-season, Thompson has one main thing in mind that he wants to improve…being a constant force against opposing teams.
“I’ve got to be more consistent because sometimes I disappear during the game,” Thompson said. “If I’m not scoring, I need to get more rebounds and more steals.”
In what is certainly good news for Virginia Tech fans, Thompson, who is the cousin of 2007 signee Dorenzo Hudson, remains solid to the Hokies.
“I’m still committed to Virginia Tech,” Thompson said. “I feel like it is still a good decision. They did pretty good in the tournament, I thought. And Coach Greenberg is doing what he said he was going to do, so I feel like it’s going to be a good experience for me.”
At Hope Christian this past season, Thompson averaged 23 points per game.
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