ACC Basketball

Freshmen Orientation: Trevor Thompson

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Name: Trevor Thompson

School: Virginia Tech

Position: Center

Measurements: 6-10/215

From: Indianapolis, Indiana

High School: St. Johns NW Military Academy

AAU Team: Eric Gordon All-Stars


ESPN: 3-Star

Scout: 2-Star

Rivals: 3-Star

247Sports: 3-Star | #12 Rated C

Quick Thoughts:

Trevor Thompson, James Johnson’s first 2013 commitment (September, 2012), has good size and length. He likes to run in transition, so it’s a good that he has a solid motor.

Right now, his game is defined by his athleticism. He’s got hop, which makes him a solid rebounder and shot blocker. When he scores, he likes to bring the house down with a spectacular dunk with either hand.

However, Johnson is raw…real raw. First, he has zero range and zero post moves inside. All his damage is down within three-feet of the basket and he relies heavily on guards getting him the ball in good spots.

He’s also has a lot of work to do with both his footwork and ball handling skills. Right now, if puts the ball on the floor, he has a better shot of turning it over than scoring a basket.

Now Johnson did spend a postgraduate year at St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy, but he’s still extremely light and will need a couple of years to add some strength to his body. Right now, he’s going to get pushed around inside the paint at the next level.

Freshman Outlook:

Thompson is one of two big men the Hokies bring in this year (undersized Maurice Kirby is the other) and both have a legit shot to get some minutes as freshmen because Tech lacks depth in the paint.

Right now I got C.J. Barksdale and Cadarian Raines holding down the 4-5 spots in the starting rotation. This leaves Joey Van Zegeren (6-10/225) as the only big with experience coming off the bench.

Marshall Wood is a small forward by nature, but look for him to play a little at the four spot when the Hokies go small.

This leaves Thompson and Kirby fighting for the rest of the minutes.

Virginia Tech is not going to win a lot of games this year. There is no reason to not get these young kids in there and let them learn by failing. I would hope that all the freshmen will get 8-10 minutes of action per game, including Thompson.

One Comment

  1. Goodraisin

    October 24, 2013 at 11:58 am

    I don’t expect Marshall Wood to be playing at the 3 very often… he’s best used as a stretch 4. He’s put on good weight over the summer and proved to be a solid rebounder at that position last season (I’m also not sure if he has the handle to consistently play on the perimeter). So with this small correction, the Hokies actually are looking deep at the 4 and 5 positions, but are looking thin on the perimeter, particularly after losing Clark and Mueller.

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