Thompkins Lists Heels in Top 3

After evaluating 2008 prospects throughout July, the North Carolina staff highlighted a select group of juniors to pursue. Howard Thompkins is one player they've since shown interest in, and the 6-8, 225-pound power forward lists the Tar Heels in his top three.

Along with the UNC, who has contacted him since the end of the summer circuit, Thompkins said his top three includes Georgia and Florida. However, Thompkins said that the Bulldogs and Gators have recruited him the hardest up to this point.

Thompkins broke down his top three schools and explained what he likes about each:

On UNC - "Them just being North Carolina, I mean first their reputation and then they got players that will pound [down low] and players that play the wing. They don't have one dominant player that can do everything. I just want to see if I can play that role."

On Georgia - "I like them because they basically say they'll give me the team. They have a great academics program and it's a nice atmosphere. There are also a lot of connections after basketball with a lot of jobs."

On Florida - "I like the people. Coach Donovan is from the same place my dad's from so I know they are going to take care of me. And they just won the national championship so that's not too bad. You know he's going to do the right things to be successful."

Thompkins, who spent the last two seasons at Norcross (Ga.) Wesleyan, but is transferring to powerhouse Oak Hill Academy (Va.), said he is also receiving strong interest from Georgia Tech, Florida State, Clemson, Illinois, Miami, Tennessee, Wake Forest, Oklahoma State, Virginia and Virginia Tech

He has already taken unofficial visits to Georgia, Florida and Miami and hopes to visit Georgia Tech on Wednesday. When he gets to Oak Hill he plans to visit Chapel Hill for a football game.

"Since I'm going to Oak Hill, [North Carolina] said they have great affiliations with Oak Hill so they said Coach will probably bring the team down for a football game. I'm sure coach goes down there because of Tywon, too."

Thompkins said he is looking forward to attending Oak Hill. The fifth-best power forward in the class of 2008 (No. 9 overall) will leave his home in Norcross, Ga. and head to Mouth of Wilson, Va. on September 2nd.

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