May 7, 2011

Tristan Thompson's decision to stay or go has been made

Heard from a very plugged-in source that Tristan Thompson, who lacks range on his jumpshot and struggles to make free throws (48.7 percent), will stay in the NBA Draft and hire an agent, foregoing his final three seasons at Texas.

With players like Ohio State's Jared Sullinger and North Carolina's Harrison Barnes returning to school next season, Thompson, who averaged 13.1 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2 blocks per game, sees his draft stock being higher this season than next season.

The deadline for underclassmen in the draft to declare if they will stay in or return to their college team is May 8.

Cory Joseph, Thompson's childhood friend from Brampton, Ontario, Canada, is still deciding if he will stay or go. One source close to the situation said Joseph appeared to be leaning toward staying at Texas next season.

But Joseph (10.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg) feels like he has better numbers than Avery Bradley (11.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg) had as a freshman, and Bradley was a first-round pick last year of the Boston Celtics.

Joseph shot 41.3 percent from 3-point range as a freshman at Texas, while Bradley shot only 37.5 percent from 3 his first and only year at UT.

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