Thompson Ready for Next Step

Top ranked junior Tristan Thompson is ready for the next step in his basketball career. On Friday night at 9pm in Moody Coliseum on the campus of SMU, the 6-9, 215-pound forward will take the court again this time for Findlay Prep. Burnt Orange Beat will be in Dallas to watch Thompson's first game with his new team.

On Friday night at 9pm at SMU, Tristan Thompson will be back on the basketball court and very likely catching passes from another longtime friend and teammate. This time, it will be Findlay Prep point guard Corey Joseph, who also plays with Grassroots Canada, dishing the rock and the #1 prospect in the 2010 class couldn't be more excited about his new home and being reunited with his longtime friend.

"Findlay Prep is a good academic school and it's a nice area to live," Thompson said. "I'm excited about the opportunity. I will still have my 3.2 grade point average. I'm looking to step up in the classroom and keep improving my GPA. That my focus," Thompson said on Thursday.

Thompson added, "I'm good friends with Corey Joseph. I've known him since the 4th grade. I gave him a call about Findlay Prep and he told me it was a good school and he liked it there. I guess I just went from one Canadian point guard to another. I know (Texas signee) Avery Bradley as well and I'm looking forward to playing with those guys."

Undefeated Findlay Prep will be taking on Dallas area's God's Academy following the Duncanville-Cedar Hill showdown for the district title. With only two regular season games remaining, Thompson is unsure of how many games he will get to play for the nationally ranked power, but has had three practices in preparation for his first game with his new team.

"I think we have two games and then the national tournament in D.C. I guess it will be five or six games. I've practiced three days, Tuesday, Wednesday and today (Thursday). It's been an easy transition. I'm happy to be here and excited to play with Corey and Avery," Thompson said.

Joining the Findlay Prep team so late in the season, the skilled left-hander is just looking to do anything he can even if it is in the mode of cheerleader.

"I'm just going to come in with no expectations. If I play one minute and help the team, I'll be happy," Thompson said.

When Thompson is on the floor for Findlay Prep, it's likely he will play on the perimeter due to the Pilots playing a four out/one in offense.

"I know I'll be playing the four. Findlay plays a four out, one in, so I'll get the chance to show my perimeter skills some," Thompson said.

Burnt Orange Beat will be on hand Friday night at SMU for all of the action featuring 2009 signees Avery Bradley and Shawn Williams in addition to Thompson.

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