Thompkins Takes in 'Late Night'

North Carolina invited three of the best big men in the class of 2008 on campus for "Late Night with Roy." While Delvon Roe and Samardo Samuels had a long trek to Chapel Hill, Howard Thompkins traveled the 160 miles from Oak Hill to check out the event.

The 6-8, 220-pound power forward (ranked the No. 5 PF and No. 9 overall in the 2008 class by arrived for the Friday night festivities before returning back to Oak Hill. While on campus, Thompkins got a chance to meet with Coach Williams as well as meet the players prior to the start of ‘Late Night.'

"It was nice -- that's when I learned that Coach Williams is such a down to earth guy," Thompkins said about his meeting with the Tar Heels' head coach. "He's real easy to talk to.

"He just said that he was real excited that me, Delvon and Samardo could get down there. He was just excited that we were interested in North Carolina and he thinks we can fit in."

Just like Roe, Thompkins was impressed with the environment at North Carolina and he enjoyed the skits as well as the team's play.

"It was good," Thompkins said. "It was a real nice atmosphere. Everybody seemed to be nice and Coach Roy is a nice down to earth guy. The guys on the team were pretty cool.

"It was nice. I liked all of the skits and games and jokes and stuff, that's the type of stuff that I like to do. Then they played right after that and that wasn't too bad either."

To go along with North Carolina, Thompkins also lists Florida, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Texas, Georgia and Michigan. He said that UNC is the only school, of the ones he likes, that hasn't offered a scholarship.

Thompkins, who transferred this offseason from Wesleyan (Ga.) High to Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill, is enjoying his new school and has gained some strength since making the switch. He took part in Oak Hill's scrimmage with Patterson last week and said it was a learning experience.

"That first half we looked like kids, but the second half we picked it up and won it. I think we are going to be all right."

His first game of the season will be October 27th against Laurinburg.

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