Brampton’s Tristan Thompson set to go pro

- April 21st, 2011

According to the Austin American-Statesman, Texas Longhorns forward Tristan Thompson, of Brampton, will enter the NBA draft.

The decision is not a surprise, Thompson, one of Canada’s top basketball prospects, had been interviewing agents for some time now and is expected to formally announce his decision on Friday.

Last month, sources who had been in touch with people close to Thompson informed the Sun he was a lock to go.

The Big 12 freshman of the year averaged 13.1 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game and was outstanding in Texas’ win over Oakland in the first round of the NCAA tournament, boosting his draft stock.

Though Thompson originally said he wanted to return to the school, especially because longtime friend and teammate Myck Kabongo of Toronto will start there in the fall, the lure of potentially being selected in the lottery appears to have been too much to pass up. The 2012 draft is expected to be one of the best in two decades after stars like Harrison Barnes, Jared Sullinger and Perry Jones III elected to stay in school, whereas the 2011 version is considered poor.

Thompson had until April 24 to declare for the draft. Players can still pull out if they don’t hire an agent by May 8th. DraftExpress placed Thompson 16th in its first 2011 mock draft with him in it. ESPN’s Chad Ford slotted Thompson in the 9-12 range.

Friday is expected to be a busy day as draft eligible players are likely to make their decision then instead of waiting until the Easter Sunday deadline. Thompson is by far the highest-rated eligible Canadian.

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