Thompson has busy travel schedule

Tristan Thompson is in the middle of a very busy summer than will include playing basketball on three continents. The 6-9, 240-pounder just wrapped up a few days at the NBAP Camp with a trip to New Zealand just days away. Burnt Orange Beat spoke with Thompson on his remaining summer plans.

Tristan Thompson is in the midst of a busy summer of traveling around the world so to speak. His summer began with a trip to France recently. Last week the #2 prospect in the 2010 class took part in the NBAP Camp and will follow shortly with a trip to New Zealand before finishing the summer in Las Vegas.

On Tuesday, the future Longhorn forward talked about his trip to France playing for team USA in the World Junior Basketball Championships in which he averaged 10.2 points and 5.5 rebounds.

"France was amazing," Thompson said. "Any time you can travel across the Atlantic Ocean to see the world you go. Everything was smaller over there like the cars, the restaurants and the hotels. The food was different, but I adjusted. The fans were amazing. Jared (Sullinger), Jordan (McCray), Corey Joseph and myself all played very well."

Following the trip to France was a stop in Charlottesville, VA for the NBAP Camp. Thompson said there was a difference between this year and last, but he enjoyed the experience.

"It went alright. I like last year more because it was more team oriented. This year it seemed like guys were out to make a name for themselves and there were more unknown guys. It was a good experience and I enjoyed it," Thompson said.

Currently, the Findlay Prep star is in Orlando for the Vince Carter Skills Academy before heading off to New Zealand for the 19U World Championships.

"Right now I'm in Orlando for the Vince Carter camp. It started today and goes through the 25th. Today was good. We worked off of screens, worked on getting to the basket and skill work. After this camp, I'll go to New Zealand for the under 19 world championships. I think I'll return on July 11 or 12. I'm really looking forward to that trip and playing for the championship," Thompson said.

Once returning from New Zealand, Thompson will catch some rest before taking part in the last tournament of the summer in Las Vegas.

"Man, I'll probably take some time to rest after the trip. I'll play in Las Vegas to end the summer and hopefully we will win that championship again," Thompson said.

Thompson averaged 11.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.4 assists in his five games for national champion Findlay Prep.

Thompson joins Phoenix North 6-4 shooting guard Daniel Bejarano in the Longhorns 2010 class.


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