UCLA Involved with 2008 Post

Howard Thompkins, currently ranked #14 in the nation, is making a statement. After a solid junior season at Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill, the 6-foot-10, 225-pound post showed up this spring in great shape and playing the best basketball of his prep career. UCLA, who just started recruiting him, is on his list of favorites...

Three weeks ago at the Real Deal on the Hill, Howard "Trey" Thompkins looked stronger, more mobile and quite polished in the paint. His move to Mouth of Wilson (Virg.) Oak Hill for his junior season seems to have paid off - as he maneuvered well in the paint and clearly has developed quality post moves.

A few weeks following his impressive display in Fayetteville, Thompkins tripped to the Kingwood Classic with his Atlanta Celtics squad. However, in the first 30 seconds of their game against Meanstreets he sprained his ankle.

"I couldn't even help my team out," Thompkins said. "The last full game I played was when we played the So-Cal All-Stars. It's feeling great now. I'm rehabbing."

While the injury will physically set him back, Thompkins feels he's taken his game up a notch. "I think I was playing great," Thompkins said. "I'm playing at a high-level and I feel like I have the confidence to play with anyone."

his recruitment is beginning to heat up. With interest coming from all over, Thompkins is starting to develop a list. At this point it consists of Florida, Georgia, Florida State, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, LSU and UCLA.

About his list, Thompkins said, "I‘ve narrowed it down and I've changed my list up. There are still other places that have good situations for me."

Kentucky is one of two schools on his list that are relatively new to the situation. The new coaching staff targeted the big guy and they are getting help for someone close to the situation. "They might be doing all the recruiting through Alex (Legion) because he talks about them all the time," Thompkins said. "I've talked to coach Gillespie and one of their assistants. I haven't talked to Coach Gillespie that much, but we have talked."

Ben Howland and the UCLA Bruins are the other school that has recently entered the picture. While Thompkins indicated that he doesn't know much about the situation, he's hoping to take a visit soon.

"I want to go out to [visit] UCLA," Thompkins, who also plans to visit Wake Forest, Georgia, Florida and Kentucky, said. "They've been talking to my father, so I don't know much about that whole situation."

Thompkins will have a busy summer playing on the club circuit and in camps. He plans on attending NBPA Camp, the Nike positional camp and possible the Lebron James All-American camp in early July.

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