2008 Intro: Howard Thompkins

Howard Thompkins said it was an off-game for him on Friday night despite finishing with 29 points. The Wesleyan (Ga.) High 6-foot-8, 220-pound sophomore forward wasn't kidding – as he recently lit it up for a school-record 51 points.

Thompkins wasn't able to showcase his perimeter skills in Friday's loss to East Hall, but that wasn't the case less than 24 hours later as he made 9-of-13 shots from beyond the arc.

The 15-year-old Thomkins is arguably the best player in the sophomore class in a state loaded with talent. Compared to Danny Manning, Thompkins can score from inside and out, runs the floor well despite not being the most athletic player around – and rebounds well, is almost too unselfish and also alters shots.

"I like to try and pattern my game after Lamar Odom with a little bit of Tim Duncan fundamentally. Sometimes it doesn't work – like tonight (Friday)."

Thompkins started out slow on Friday night – in front of Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt and assistants from Georgia, South Carolina, Florida and Alabama. But he found a way to keep his team close until late despite facing a much better East Hall squad.

"He's the best kid you will ever meet," Wesleyan coach Bill Buffton said. "He's so humble. Somebody's going to be lucky to get the opportunity to coach him in college."

"He needs to become a little more explosive and a little quicker on his feet, but he's a terrific player," added Bufton.

"He's a monster," East Hall coach Joe Dix said after facing Thompkins. "He's got great hands. He catches everything. He's got great body control."

Thompkins moved to the Atlanta area from Long Island, N.Y., when he was 7 years old. His father, Howard, played for Jim Calhoun at Northeastern before transferring to Wagner.

Right now, Georgia Tech has the early lead for his services – but Tompkins said that he also likes North Carolina, Illinois, Wake Forest, Georgia and Florida.

"The biggest thing for me is just being comfortable," he said. "Knowing I can come in, work and hopefully start my freshman year."

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