Forrest City head coach Dwight Lofton was stunned to know junior center Trey Thompson finished Saturday's game with 17 points and 15 rebounds.
"Are you kidding me?" Lofton said. "No way. That just tells you what kind of player he is."
Indeed, Thompson (6-9, 230) had a very quiet monster game before fouling out late the fourth quarter of his team's 68-63 overtime loss to Fort Smith Northside.
He also added three assists, three steals and a block in the loss while also bringing the ball up against the press.
"I played pretty well, but I shouldn't have picked up that last foul and I think we would have won if I had not," Thompson said. "I've got to be smarter in that situation. But I am just trying to do what I can to help my team win."
Thompson has offers from Arkansas, Memphis, Florida, Tennessee and Mississippi State and others.
"Arkansas is doing a great job recruiting him," Lofton said. "He loves those coaches and likes what they are doing and how they are rebuilding the program."
Indeed, Thompson likes what Arkansas is doing.
"I got a chance to see Arkansas play against (No. 3 and undefeated) Michigan and really liked what I saw," Thompson said. "I think they are going to make a run in the SEC and just keep getting better and better. I think Coach Anderson is going to get Arkansas back to the top.
"I played against some of the best talent in the country so I just tried to learn from that and take it into my high school basketball season."
One thing that he showed Saturday was his passing ability. He had three assists and several others that would have been except for his teammates missing shots. That included a behind-the-back pass in traffic in the lane.
"So many people key on me that I know that my teammates are going to be open so I really try to get them the ball," Thompson said. "I just try to make good decisions with the basketball."
"You put him around some guys that can cut to the basket and finish and it's going to be on," Lofton said. "He reminds me of (former Georgetown and current NBA player) Greg Monroe when he came into Forrest City for the Rumble (on the Ridge).
"Trey will be that type of player. He's not going to be the 24-point a game guy. But his deal is he is going to get guys like (Arkansas') B.J. Young his shots, he will get (EPC freshman Malik) Monk his stuff and then get his own. He is so smart and has such a high basketball IQ."
Forrest City does not have a weight program.
"One thing I have to get better at is my strength and conditioning," Thompson said. "Once I get to college and get a weight program, I think that will help me a lot."
Saturday's loss left the Mustangs 6-4 this season against a tough schedule that has included Little Rock Hall, Jonesboro and West Memphis.
"I don't play any directional people over here," Lofton joked. "But it will make us better in the end."
Thompson agreed with that sentiment.
"It's been kind of rocky, but we are just going to stick it out and try to be playing our best basketball when it matters the most," Thompson said.
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