Jason Thompson: NBA Draft Profile
Accolades: MAAC Player of the Year (08), MAAC Defensive Player of the Year (08), First Team All-MAAC (08), First Team Mid-Major All-American – CHN (08), First Team All-MAAC (07), MAAC Defensive Player of the Year (07), Second Team All-MAAC (06), MAAC All-Rookie Team (05).
Scouting Report: A big player, literally and figuratively, from a small conference.
Strengths: NBA size and length. Very athletic for a man his size. Nice looking jump shot. Good range on his jumper – can step out and hit college three-pointers. Good ball handler for his size – used to be a guard – late growth spurt. Decent post moves. Can put the ball on the floor and beat his man. Capable of explosive point and board games. Great shot-blocker.
Weaknesses: Played in a small conference – didn’t go up against NBA-level talent every night. Will be a big adjustment stepping up to the NBA. Can he guard bigger, stronger NBA post players? Free throw shooting touch took a real dive his senior year. Turnover prone. Needs to get a bit smoother with his post moves.
Projected 2008 Draft Range: Mid first round to early second round pick.
Consensus: Players with Thompson’s size and ability don’t come out of the MAAC very often. While he will still be a work in progress due to the lower level of competition he played against, he could turn out to be a solid pro.
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