Thompkins Thriving at Oak Hill

DRAFFENVILLE, Ky --- It didn't take Howard "Trey" Thompkins long to get it going Saturday night against Jackson Provine. The 6-9, 225-pound PF went to work on the glass from the opening tip and finished with 13 boards to go with 16 points. After the game, he talked about the latest in his recruitment.

Thompkins was an active rebounder all night and put himself in great position to get offensive rebounds and tip-ins. He also ran the floor well and scored the majority of his 16 points off feeds from the top-ranked junior point guard in the nation.

"Playing with Brandon [Jennings] you have to be ready," Thompkins said after the game. "Everything else just comes to me. It's a great experience playing with him. After two years of this I'll be ready for anything. He's as good as any guard in the nation."

While he caught most of Jennings flashy passes, there was one that he just wasn't ready for. Thompkins took the blame and said playing alongside Jennings is helping him look for and catch the ball when running the floor.

"One of those plays I missed it. He threw the ball and I wasn't there and looked at me like I was stupid. I didn't know it was coming."

But Jennings isn't the only great aspect of his Oak Hill experience. By leaving Wesleyan (Ga.) High to play on the "Hill," he's realized that he wants to stay close to home for college.

"Coming here I think it's been a great experience. I think leaving home could have been the best thing for me because it's helping me get ready for college and realize if I want to go away to college or not."

"I definitely want to stay in the southeast," he continued.'s No. 9-ranked player in the junior class reaffirmed his top five schools. He listed Florida, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida State.

"They've all offered," he said when asked.

Thompkins explained that his offer from UNC came on his unofficial visit in October.

"They brought us to ‘Late Night with Roy' and it was me Delvon Roe, Samardo Samuels and someone else and he talked to us one by one and he offered me."

(Editor's Note: In his interview with Inside Carolina following the ‘Late Night' visit, Thompkins said UNC did not offer.)

So who was his childhood favorite?

"I actually grew up liking Florida and North Carolina. I liked Florida's football and North Carolina's basketball, but now that I'm coming into it I do like Georgia Tech."

Although he liked UNC's basketball program growing up, they aren't the favorite.

"Florida's number one and Georgia Tech is number two," Thompkins said.

But don't expect him to make a commitment any time soon. He will likely wait until at least next summer before he comes up with a decision.

Thompkins will get a chance to play at his No. 2 school next week. Oak Hill will play against Norcross (Ga.) High on ESPN2. That game tips at 9 p.m. on Thursday from Georgia Tech's campus.

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