Thompson saddened by loss, enjoys experience

Forrest City center Trey Thompson said the loss in Las Vegas was hard, but he still enjoyed the trip.

Despite a hot start, the Arkansas Hawks finished the Fab 48 tournament in Las Vegas with a loss to BTI Select of California.

The Hawks lost the game 64-62, blowing a 46-29 halfitme lead and winning three games prior to it. Trey Thompson scored nine points in the loss and said the trip overall was an enjoyable one, but the loss was tough to swallow.

"It was a great experience and I really enjoyed it," Thompson said. "It was my last time in Vegas, playing AAU and it was really kind of bittersweet. I just wanted to go out and play hard and try to win it. We fell short, but it was still great.

"Being together my last time with my AAU teammates. I was really saddened by how we took the 'L' and it will probably be the last time we were all together at the same time. But I'm looking forward to this year and going into my high school season and going after a state championship."

Thompson, 6-foot-9, 240 pounds, is committed to Arkansas and said he is still firmly committed for a variety of reasons. Among those reasons are his relationship with Arkansas coach Mike Anderson and assistant coach Melvin Watkins. He also said he has always wanted to be a Razorback, and that played a role in his decision to commit in the first place, as well.

"I've been talking constantly almost every week or every couple days out of the week with Coach Anderson and Coach Watkins," he said. "I'm really looking forward to going up there and playing with the chance to represent my hometown and represent the state in a positive manner.

"It's always great to play for your home state and I think that was really the deciding factor for me."

Among Forrest City high school athletes on campus are defensive end Tevin Beanum and wide receiver Davyon McKinney on the Arkansas football team and pitcher Barrett Astin spent the last three seasons with the Razorbacks baseball team before inking a deal with the Milwaukee Brewers. Thompson said he hopes to represent his hometown in a similar manner that those players do.

"I really want to show that good athletes do come from this area if you give all you've got," he said.

Thompson said with the recruiting process over, he is ready to focus on his senior season and emphasized his goals of winning a state championship. He added that he plans to visit Fayetteville again and even though he does not know when that might be, he is hoping it will be pretty soon.

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