Forrest City big man Trey Thompson (6-9, 245) had been looking forward to the challenge of playing the nation's top player on Friday night to see just how his game measure up to 6-10, 260-pound Jahlili Okafor, who was born in Fort Smith and now lives in Chicago.
But Okafor couldn't make it in until late Friday night so Thompson – who has an offer from the Razorbacks - just went about his business by scoring 14 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and dishing out 3 assists in his Arkansas Hawks' 57-48 opening round pool loss to Mac Irvin Fire.
Thompson came back on Saturday afternoon with 13 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and a block for the Hawks, who downed Belmont Shore 80-72.
"I wasn't disappointed, but I had looked forward to the match up," Thompson said. "I thought it was going to be a good game...I was looking forward to it, going to get a chance to see him in action and have a head-to-head match up.
"I think I was alright (on Friday night)," Thompson added. "It wasn't my best and I can always improve, but as far as individual I think I was just okay."
Thompson, who averaged 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks this past season for the Mustangs, has offers from Arkansas, Memphis, Florida, Florida State and Mississippi State.
He plans to narrow his list down at the end of the AAU season and likely commit somewhere at the first of the school year.
"We measured him the other day and he is a true 6-9 without his shoes," Arkansas Hawks coach Bill Ingram said. "So he is about 6-10 or 6-10 ½ with his shoes on. He is another kid that has a great IQ of the game and you will never have to worry about him off the floor. He is another one that can take coaching."
Thompson is not in a hurry to make a college choice.
"I am still about the same, haven't made no choice yet," Thompson said. "It is all even right now between all the colleges. I am not leaning to one college or the other.
"I am probably going to take a couple of unofficial visits," Thompson added. "I don't know of any of them yet. I haven't scheduled any yet."
Thompson says that Arkansas has stayed in constant contact with head coach Mike Anderson and assistant Melvin Watkins leading the charge.
"I talk to them, I call them, we talk pretty steady – about two or three times a week," Thompson said. "I saw some good things. They were pretty good, but Coach Anderson is still getting his guys. When he gets his guys up there, they are going to be pretty good."
Two of those guys are Razorbacks signees Bobby Portis (6-10, 220) – who plays Saturday night in the Jordan Brand Classic at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn - and Moses Kingsley (6-10, 232), who Thompson has played against.
"They are good and both mobile," Thompson said. "I played against both of them and they are good players. I think they should help Coach A and the Razorbacks out."
The Hawks will be in Pittsburgh next week, Minnesota and Las Vegas among other stops this spring and summer.
He is excited about playing with Jonesboro junior point guard Kahron Ross (5-10, 150).
"That's my guy," Thompson said. "We go way back to like the fifth grade. We know each other like we were twins. That's my guy."
Thompson knows he has room for improvement and plans to do so.
"I am going to get in the weight room a lot and work out a lot," Thompson said. "As far as high school, think we are going to go to state and win the state this year. We are going to get better. We had a lot of new faces this year. We didn't have much experience and that really downed us, but we are going to come back and get at it real hard...I just want to bring a state championship to Forrest City."
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