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Texas' Tristan Thompson to return

TULSA, Okla. -- Texas freshman forward Tristan Thompson delivered some good news to Longhorns fans Saturday by declaring that he will return to school for his sophomore season.

"I'm coming back another year," Thompson said repeatedly in the Texas locker room at the BOK Center, where the team was going to practice in preparation for its Sunday round of 32 game against Arizona. "I've already signed up for summer classes."

Texas men's basketball SID Scott McConnell said sophomore Jordan Hamilton also said he will return next season.

Texas officials cautioned that the players could both change their minds after the season.

There are plenty of players who have talked a good game about staying in school during the season and then declared for the draft afterward, but Thompson left no wiggle room in his statements.

He said one of his prime motivations is to play next year at Texas with fellow Canadian and incoming recruit Myck Kabongo, who will be on campus in Austin next school year. Kabongo is the No. 2 point guard and No. 9 overall prospect in ESPNU's top 100 prospects for 2011.

"I'll come back another year for him," Thompson said. "I'd love to play with him."

Thompson certainly has a viable NBA draft stock right now. ESPN.com draft analyst Chad Ford currently rates the 6-foot-8, 233-pound Thompson the No. 11 overall prospect -- and that was before Thompson got the best of his head-to-head matchup with 6-foot-11 Oakland senior center Keith Benson here Friday.

Ford rates Benson the No. 45 prospect in the draft.

Texas coach Rick Barnes did not sound surprised by Thompson's declaration, but he did sound pleased.

"He's the kind of guy who has never had an agenda," Barnes said. "I know what he wants to do in basketball and the kind of player he wants to be. I think he loves where he is right now."


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I doubt either return, their

I doubt either return, their both lottery picks. I think Hamilton is ready to come out and there's no reason to stay, Thompson however needs to work on his post game, he really lacks a right handed shot in the post and could develop into a top 5 pick next year.

Also, where'd you hear these from, you didn't cite your source.

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Even if Hamilton doesn't

Even if Hamilton doesn't return

A core of Thompson, Kabongo and Joseph will be scary. Considering the fact that I believe Thompson and Joseph will be way better in their sophmore season.

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^ really doesn't matter how

^ really doesn't matter how much talent Texas has, as long as Rick Barnes is there they won't win anything.

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ooops forgot to add

ooops forgot to add it...ESPN

Rick doesnt have a track record of winning it but the same can be said for any coach before they finally won

Gary Williams

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^ maybe that's true, it's

^ maybe that's true, it's just for some reason I have a huge distaste for him, he looks clueless out there, shows no emotion, and never does much with having all the talent he gets. JMHO though.

As for Hamilton coming back, doesn't make sense, he has nothing else to prove. Thompson could use some help, but he'd learn more going to the NBA then learning from Barnes.

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lol..you're not alone. i have

lol..you're not alone. i have alot of friends who feel the exact same way that you do. But when has he ever had a team that is a true title contending team. Forget the superstar or where they are ranked but take a look at how the players fit together as a team or if the players have TEAM on there mind or ME on there mind

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his team last year had tons

his team last year had tons of talent with Hamilton,Pittman, and Bradley. The team with Durant, Augustin, Damain James, and Pittman was also loaded.

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title game

its going to be texas and duke in the title game next year that will be a good game

the match up and who yall think will win

If Kryie Irving stay

Pg: Kryie Irving vs Myck Kabongo Kryie Iving

Sg: Austin Rivers vs Cory Joseph Austin Rivers

Sf: Andre Dawkins vs Jordan Hamilton Jordan Hamilton

Pf: Mason Plumlee vs Tristan Thompson Tristan Thompson

C: Miles Plumlee vs Alexis Wangmene Miles Plumlee

If Kryie Irving leave

Pg: Seth Curry vs Myck Kabongo Myck Kabongo

Sg: Austin Rivers vs Cory Joseph Austin Rivers

Sf: Andre Dawkins vs Jordan Hamilton Jordan Hamilton

Pf: Mason Plumlee vs Tristan Thompson Tristan Thompson

C: Miles Plumlee vs Alexis Wangmene Alexis Wangmene

I think duke will win with or without Kryie Irving because they will have no answer for austin rivers and the plumlee brother will do a good job on tristan thompson.

Duke will have a better bench with Michael Gbinije, Ouinn Cook , Marshall Plumlee, Ryan Kelly, and Seth Curry if Kryie Irving Stay coming off the bench.

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I disagree with the Rick

I disagree with the Rick Barnes thing. That man has had loads of talent and got one final four to his name. He's a average coach.

Jim Boehiem at least got to a couple final fours, as well as title games in the 80's

Gary Williams doesn't get the talent in order to compete every year, but that's more on him then anyone else. On a level playing field, he might be a fantastic coach

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^ you can't say that cause

^ you can't say that cause they could be on the same side of the bracket. Also Kentucky probably would want a piece of that, especially if Lamb and or Knight come back.

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Wow, what was already a weak

Wow, what was already a weak draft might turn weaker. That's sad to see as an NBA fan but Texas next year will be unreal especially if they go far in the tournament and get some solid experience.

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While a weak draft got weaker

While a weak draft got weaker a strong draft got stronger.

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I am so happy for Tristan

I am so happy for Tristan Thompsn and Texas on this decision, dont player hate everybody! He is taking the Blake Griffin route and actaully working on his game, anybody who has watched him progress this year knows he will only improve in his development, and is a possible Top 10 draft pick next year in a deeper draft. IF he can solidify his face up game, post up game, and mid range game its a rap folks.

As far as Texas goes I'm not sure how good they will be, but if they can keep Hamilton which I definitely doubt will happen then they probally should be Top 3 ranked.

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Boehiem is a good coach, he

Boehiem is a good coach, he has not had a lot of talent this year and they are a 3 seed and were pretty good. This team was as good as they are because of the improvement of Jackson and Jardine

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Boehiem is a good coach, he

Boehiem is a good coach, he has not had a lot of talent this year and they are a 3 seed and were pretty good. This team was as good as they are because of the improvement of Jackson and Jardine

Agree, but they laid ALL thier chips in the Fab Melo basket.

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You're obviously thinking of

You're obviously thinking of pittman and james as SR's. you must not remember they were freshmen at the time. James was a average starter and Pittman was still way overweight and could only play a couple of min a game before being dead tired

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Boeheim had alot of talent

Boeheim had alot of talent this year. Wasn't Joesph supposed to be a first team all American?? And before he started getting to all those final fours he was getting alot of talent and couldn't get it done with all the talent. And bunch of final fours mean nothing if you not winning it all which was the case with him until he finally got one after decades of getting great talent but never getting to the title game

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Wasn't Joesph supposed to be

Wasn't Joesph supposed to be a first team all American??

- No, no he wasn't.

And bunch of final fours mean nothing if you not winning it all which was the case with him until he finally got one after decades of getting great talent but never getting to the title game

- Once again incorrect. They got their in 87 (Keith Smart shot) and I believe 96 (vs Kentucky) they won in 2003.

The point? I rather get knocked out in the Final Four rather then the 2nd round every year. Rick Barnes had T.J. Ford, Kevin Durant, LaMarcus Aldridge, D.J. Augustin, Daniel Gibson, Avery Bradley, P.J. Tucker to name a few and STRUGGLE every year. Other then one guy on that list? NBA players.

Other then Carmelo Anthony, what above average player came out of Syracuse recently? Jimmy B gets kids and overachives. Barnes gets stars and underachieves.

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Ment to say never winning a

Ment to say never winning a title. My point is he has had ALOT of talent and underachieved until he finally won one. and just like you say you rather get to the final four instead of losing int he second round i rather win it all instead of final four. Final four is nice but getting there is better and winning it is the best. just getting to the final four or title game still leaves a empty feeling and still leaves you in the loser's bracket with the other teams who lost in the first second third round. There's one winning and 67 and place guys when it come down to it.

Just because someone hasn't gotten there before doesn't mean they will never get there which was and still is my point when i said Gary Williams and Boeheim

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Ment to say never winning a

Ment to say never winning a title. My point is he has had ALOT of talent and underachieved until he finally won one. and just like you say you rather get to the final four instead of losing int he second round i rather win it all instead of final four. Final four is nice but getting there is better and winning it is the best. just getting to the final four or title game still leaves a empty feeling and still leaves you in the loser's bracket with the other teams who lost in the first second third round. There's one winning and 67 and place guys when it come down to it.

- It does, but it's still no excuse. He's a average coach. Below average at a place that can bring in stars. He's had NBA talent and never won. There's no excuse to be losing in the 2nd round, sweet sixteen when you have NBA talent UNLESS your a average coach.

Just because someone hasn't gotten there before doesn't mean they will never get there which was and still is my point when i said Gary Williams and Boeheim

- That's correct, but there's 3 parts to a game. Offense, Defense and Coaching. You can't coach, it's tough to win titles. Gary Williams can coach, Boehiem can coach. Barnes has proven he's not a big time coach.

To be all honest, if you swapped Jamie Dixon of Pitt and Barnes, I think Dixon wins a national title at Texas because Dixon can actually coach.

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The thing about swapping

The thing about swapping players...no one knows what would have happened because it didn't happen there for its pointless to even say.

You're post has nothing to do with my point of Barnes or any other Coach being able to win a title in the future. If you point was to say he hasn't done what you expect with the talent he has had then you made it so why do you keep saying the same thing in different words over and over when you have already made you're point?

Barnes is a average Coach to you and should have done more.....ok i think we got it now unless you have something different to add?

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Now back to the topic at

Now back to the topic at hand....Good decision by Tristan and next years team should be very interesting if Jordan decides to stay. Even if he doesn't it should be interesting. I wonder if Deandre Daniels is considering Texas again...hmmmmm

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My bad Quincey, I guess your

My bad Quincey, I guess your the only one here who gets to repeat your point. Like you never do it. No, realistically, not every coach is capable of winning a title in the future. But's that neither here nor there.

Any good for Thompson returning. He might be able to lead Texas to another sweet sixteen next year. Maybe.

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I forgot to add to the Duke

I forgot to add to the Duke vs Texas thing.......Just forgot all about those kids out in Kentucky land huh?? Or those guys out in UNC land if they return there guys as well

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so many players say they'll stay then in may change their minds

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yeah they say it during the

yeah they say it during the season but rarely does anyone ever say what they are gonna do durig the tournament. cant recall anyone who said it and then changed there mind duirng the tournament

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After he talks 2 GMs & they tell him he's a lotto pick.he's gone

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Thompson is stayig dont doubt

Thompson is stayig dont doubt that for a second. These canadian kids have alot of integrity and wouldnt commit to something lie that without it being true. Barnes is such a huge rolemodel in their lives as well, hey have known Coach Barnes for years, since way before they were on the radar hes been a positive rolemodel. They would not lie to him about declaring or not.

I guess al that is left is giving Hamilton a Canadian citizenship lol...All jokes aside thou if these guys win the NCAA tourney at any point of their careers it would be like putting a stamp on the uprising of Canadian players. Doing it big for Canada.

Next yeat two more talented Canadians in Thomas and Kabongo are commiting to Texas as well.

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Its not lying if you change

Its not lying if you change you're mind though.

Also just like we know Tristan would be a lotto pick he knows just as much and more than likely more. I'm pretty sure someone close to him has even more info about where he would go (his Coach for one can talk to GM's) Lets not forget its not unheard of for a lotto pick to stay ( Greg Monroe and Aminu). I think the chances are way more likely that he stays though because if he was seriously considering it he would have answered " I'm gonna wait till the end of this season and talk with my family or blah blah blah" y'all know the frequently used comment

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