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Old 05-28-2014, 09:20 AM   #1
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Couldn't find a thread on this guy, apparently he committed last weekend and is going to sign with us at 3pm on Thursday.

http://theadvocate.com/sports/preps/...ompson-to-sign

https://sports.yahoo.com/ncaa/basket...hompson-128307

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Default Re: James Thompson - 6'9" 215 PF - 2014

Ok that works. He is a big body with plenty of room to add size. He has a nice offer sheet so I guess it is a good pickup... Haven't seen any film on him though.
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Yea, if the offers are true on Rivals and 247 he had offers from Florida, Oklahoma State, Memphis, Mississippi State, LSU, Auburn, A&M, Oklahoma and Kansas State
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Awesome, that's a solid offer sheet if it's legit.
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Default Re: James Thompson - 6'9" 215 PF - 2014

How is a person 6'8 and only 205 lbs (rivals)? That's way too skinny for any human being that size. Let's hope he really is 215 and somehow bulks up, although I've yet to see that scenario play out with any other basketball recruit we've picked up.
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How is a person 6'8 and only 205 lbs (rivals)? That's way too skinny for any human being that size. Let's hope he really is 215 and somehow bulks up, although I've yet to see that scenario play out with any other basketball recruit we've picked up.
According to BMI he is normal weight.

http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/...MI/bmicalc.htm

He is an athlete, so he needs to at least get to 230-250 range.
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According to BMI he is normal weight.

http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/...MI/bmicalc.htm

He is an athlete, so he needs to at least get to 230-250 range.
Oh thanks doc. He's normal weight, sure. He's a healthy human being. There's just one problem…he plays down low against other healthy humans that weigh a whole lot more than 205/215. Don't come on here with that BMI garbage. He's not going to cut it in the SEC with that weight regardless of how normal his weight may be.
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Default Re: James Thompson - 6'9" 215 PF - 2014

how much longer can we recruit on the fringe and expect to get anywhere against UK or UF?

edit - after watching some tape, he's a pretty good prospect. He's not gonna dominate the paint or anything, but he can actually defend pretty well and is pretty tough. I foresee some attitude issues perhaps, but maybe Frank will take him down a notch or five.

Can't complain about picking up a guy like this so late in the game.
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how much longer can we recruit on the fringe and expect to get anywhere against UK or UF?

edit - after watching some tape, he's a pretty good prospect. He's not gonna dominate the paint or anything, but he can actually defend pretty well and is pretty tough. I foresee some attitude issues perhaps, but maybe Frank will take him down a notch or five.

Can't complain about picking up a guy like this so late in the game.
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Uh, what other route would you suggest? 5-star basketball recruits aren't committing to South Carolina's Men's program, unless they're maybe from the state.

Kentucky and Florida are two of the premier programs not just in the SEC, but in all of College Basketball. They're staples of the Div. 1 and it's asking a lot to recruit better than them. Our best bet is to find players who fit the system, fly under the radar and hope that we can maximize Frank's plan.
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Oh thanks doc. He's normal weight, sure. He's a healthy human being. There's just one problem…he plays down low against other healthy humans that weigh a whole lot more than 205/215. Don't come on here with that BMI garbage. He's not going to cut it in the SEC with that weight regardless of how normal his weight may be.
He is over 220lbs now which at 6'9" plenty big enough for an incoming Freshman with his athletic ability. Kid is a very nice pickup and yes he is a late qualifier who fell in our lap. Martin has Coached this kid before.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLauF3rjdZE
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He is over 220lbs now which at 6'9" plenty big enough for an incoming Freshman with his athletic ability. Kid is a very nice pickup and yes he is a late qualifier who fell in our lap. Martin has Coached this kid before.

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Oh thanks doc. He's normal weight, sure. He's a healthy human being. There's just one problem…he plays down low against other healthy humans that weigh a whole lot more than 205/215. Don't come on here with that BMI garbage. He's not going to cut it in the SEC with that weight regardless of how normal his weight may be.
That escalated quickly.
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How is a person 6'8 and only 205 lbs (rivals)? That's way too skinny for any human being that size. Let's hope he really is 215 and somehow bulks up, although I've yet to see that scenario play out with any other basketball recruit we've picked up.
I did a little search on Alex English and came up with this,
notice his weight. Also, I believe he is 6'8".
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Of course, his forte was scoring, but I would be perfectly
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I did a little search on Alex English and came up with this,
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Of course, his forte was scoring, but I would be perfectly
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Fans are just frustrated with sucking at bball and reacting in their own ways. Some are being positive and supportive because it's fun rooting for the massive underdogs. Rooting for the scrappy nobodies feels like a noble pursuit and makes you feel a great connection with the program you love. Others like me really wanna get better too, but realize sports figures can talk a big game, but are full of it. We point out weaknesses in our coaches and players, because we want the chance to pull the Cocks out of the cellar ourselves. Sometimes it makes me feel better to speak proactively, even if I'm just another keyboard warrior. We are all wanting the same thing, but express it differently.
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Fans are just frustrated with sucking at bball and reacting in their own ways. Some are being positive and supportive because it's fun rooting for the massive underdogs. Rooting for the scrappy nobodies feels like a noble pursuit and makes you feel a great connection with the program you love. Others like me really wanna get better too, but realize sports figures can talk a big game, but are full of it. We point out weaknesses in our coaches and players, because we want the chance to pull the Cocks out of the cellar ourselves. Sometimes it makes me feel better to speak proactively, even if I'm just another keyboard warrior. We are all wanting the same thing, but express it differently.
I just don't understand putting a team in the cellar before the season starts, last year is history as are all the years before it and this team has showed improvement and I think Thornwell can be as talented a scorer as anyone in the country. I understand the frustration though, I scream and hit inanimate objects myself.
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He is a probable academic casualty. There are questions whether or not he can get into school. Looks like we are going to take a flier on him (like we did with Thaddeus Hall).
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He is a probable academic casualty. There are questions whether or not he can get into school. Looks like we are going to take a flier on him (like we did with Thaddeus Hall).
Then why do I read this quote from his coach, Don Green in "The Advocate" (link listed by OP above)...“James is ready to go academically, and it looks like he’ll have the opportunity to contribute early,” Green said.
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Then why do I read this quote from his coach, Don Green in "The Advocate" (link listed by OP above)...“James is ready to go academically, and it looks like he’ll have the opportunity to contribute early,” Green said.
I hope you are right...but the admissions dept. have flagged NCAA eligible players before (Lorenzo Mauldin ring a bell).
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