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Tristan Thompson heading to Findlay

Lawlor: 2010 standout Thompson heading to Findlay Prep

Originally Published: February 14, 2009
By Christopher Lawlor | ESPN.com

Tristan Thompson has found a new home. The 6-foot-9 junior post from Toronto will leave St. Benedict's (Newark, N.J.) for Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.).

Findlay assistant Todd Simon confirmed with ESPNU late Friday that Thompson would be in the fold sometime next week and would be in uniform for Findlay, No. 4 in the ESPN RISE FAB 50 boys' basketball rankings, when it travels to Duncanville (Texas).

Thompson, a highly skilled ESPNU 60 player who will sign with the University of Texas, was dropped from the St. Benedict's squad earlier this week after a run-in with Coach Dan Hurley.

"We're excited that Tristan wants to continue his education here," Simon said. "We have room on the roster, but he's more of a long-term player. I don't know what kind of contribution he will make this season because this team has tremendous chemistry going, but he's a talented student-athlete."

On Thursday, Thompson's AAU coach, Ro Russell of the Grassroots Canada Elite, said his star player would leave St. Benedict's.

Thompson is in good academic standing and an NCAA qualifier, said Russell.

Findlay makes sense for Thompson, who will join Cory Joseph, a 6-3 junior guard, who is his childhood friend from Toronto and AAU teammate.

"There's obviously a comfort zone with Cory already here," Simon said. "Cory's had a good experience here and that was the draw."

Thompson will join future Longhorns teammate Avery Bradley at Findlay. Now the speculation shifts to St. Benedict's sophomore guard Myck Kabongo, who some believe may join Joseph and Thompson at Findlay next year. The three are Toronto natives and could reunite in the Nevada desert.

Ironically, Thompson may face his old teammates at the National High School Invitational during April 3-5 in North Bethesda, Md. No. 8 St. Benedict's and Findlay have accepted invites.

"[Thompson's] timing is good; we have a shorter roster than most schools," Simon added.

Christopher Lawlor

High School Basketball
Christopher Lawlor has covered high school sports for more than 20 years, most recently with USA TODAY, where he was the head preps writer responsible for national high school rankings in football, baseball and boys and girls basketball. He also ran the Gatorade national player of the year program for nine years.