NBA Comparison: Charles O’Bannon
Strengths: Wing with great size and strength for the position. Possesses a versatile offensive repertoire. Intent on taking his defender off the bounce and attacking the rim. Does a good job cradling the ball, absorbing contact and finishing plays. Displays good body control, using step around moves at full speed to avoid charges. Attempted 6.5 free throw attempts per game as a Senior, converting at an excellent 82% clip. Excels in the transition game with his long strides and speed in the open floor. Is routinely the recipient of breakaway hoops, beating the opposition down the court. Has a comfort level in the mid-range game and shoots effectively off the dribble. Shot 36% from three for his college career. Percentage dropped to 32% as a senior due to deterioration in quality of looks. Active without the basketball. Terrific rebounder for a guard (5.7 for career). Provides an instant fast break option. Handled the majority of playmaking duties for Rider. Good court vision (3.1 assists for career). Very keen defensively. Excellent defensive awareness, jumps passing lanes effectively (1.5 steals career).
Weaknesses: Limited quickness and explosion off the floor. Extremely right hand dominant off the dribble. Predictable moves. Opponents increasingly sat on his right as the season wore on. His response was to take more jump shots. Does not possess the quicks to overcome his lack of variation. Finishes with his strong hand on the left side of the hoop. Liable to get shots sent back if he doesn’t strengthen his left. Mechanics on his jump shot are sound, but lacks elevation. Range out to the NBA 3 line is questionable. Ability to stay in front of his man on D is a concern. Does not display encouraging lateral agility. Will be unable to rely on length and strength advantage at the next level. A bit hefty at 220 pounds, could shed some weight.
Notes: Became the primary scoring option for Rider (17.5 ppg over his final two seasons) when his brother, Jason, left for the NBA … Thompson scored a combined 55 points in two games at the Portsmouth Invitational, including a 37 point outburst.
Adam Ganeles 6/11/10
YouTube Clip – 05/03/2010