After a bit of a bumpy ride during the late winter, things are finally settling down for future Longhorn Tristan Thompson. Fully settled in at Findlay Prep in Henderson, NV, the 6-foot-9 forward is happy to be in a good situation and he's more focused than ever on taking care of his business on the floor and in the classroom.
"It's been a lot of ups and downs," Thompson told Burnt Orange Beat. "Everything is settled down so I can get back to my regular life again. It's nice."
More than anything, Thompson wants to make sure that people don't make the mistake of labeling him a malcontent or problem kid after his late season dismissal from the team at St. Benedict's Prep in Newark, NJ.
"I learnd to be wise on your decisions that you make," said Thompson of the incident. "Your decisions can make people assume some things about you. Especially with the situation that I had. Some people probably assume that I'm a negative child or a bad kid or soemthing. That's not who I am, that's not the type of child my parents raised me to be."
Currently ranked atop Scout.com's rankings in the class of 2010. Thompson understands that there will be penty of competition for the ranking when they are updated. But, whether he's ranked #1 or #100, his plan remains the same.
"I just come out and play hard," said Thompson. "I don't really worry about the rankings. I figure winning shows who the best players are."
One benefit of his transfer to Findlay is that Thompson had the opportunity to play with future Texas teammate Avery Bradley. To say that he was impressed and looking forward to playing with him again is an understatement.
"He's an amazing player," Thompson said of Bradley. "It's amazing to play with him. He's my number one player in the country for the senior class."
With his recruitment taken care of and the drama of February way behind him, Thompson is focused on his future. That means working on his game and making sure that his body is right for his arrival in Austin.
"The Big 12 has a lot of physicicality," said Thompson. "I've been working on my body a lot. I'm trying to bring all aspects of my game to Texas. I think I could work on everything but specificially ball handling and shooting."