The 6-foot-9, 225-pound forward has dropped about 15 pounds since he arrived in Mouth of Wilson, Va. He also changed his name – sort of. Thompkins has always been referred to as Trey (since he's Howard Thompkins III) by his family – and now it's stuck with him at Oak Hill.
``He looks really good and is a very skilled big guy," Oak Hill coach Steve Smith said. "He's a face-up four who can put it on the floor, pass it and is a good shooter. He plays a lot harder than he did when he first got here and he's going to continue to get better."
Thompkins came into Thursday night's game averaging 17 points and 9 rebounds. He put up 15 points and 8 boards in a rout against Veritas Christian in Boone, N.C.
``I am rebounding well and hitting open shots," he said. "I'm not forcing anything and just letting the game come to me. I'm starting to play better defensively and I feel like I'm getting stronger." Thompkins said that he'd like to take a couple of more visits – possibly to Texas and Michigan – before he makes a college decision.
His top five are fairly clear right now and Thompkins has already had a chance to visit all five. Florida, Georgia Tech, Florida State, North Carolina and Georgia comprise his current group of leaders.
One school has emerged.
``I've always been a Florida football fan and now the basketball program is in the right place at the right time for me," Thompkins said. "I've always had a love of the Gators, but Coach (Paul) Hewitt is a real down to earth guy and I'd love to play for him."
``At the same time, Coach (Billy) Donovan is also real down to earth and I know both of them would take care of me. There's really not a big difference between the two."