According to Washington Post beat writer Tarik El-Bashir, Hollis Thompson will withdraw his name from the NBA draft and return to Georgetown for his junior season.
The sophomore forward had until midnight to withdraw and retain his collegiate eligibility. He had participated in the New Jersey Nets’ draft combine on Saturday, where he reportedly impressed.
Thompson’s decision should be welcome news to Hoya fans. The forward will be Georgetown’s second leading returning scorer, and one of only three players to have regularly started for the Hoyas. Thompson’s veteran presence will be particularly important on a team that’s replacing three senior starters and dealing with the transfers of Vee Sanford and Jerrelle Benimon.
With Thompson back in the fold, head coach John Thompson III will be able to give his highly touted five-player recruiting class more time to develop. Assuming Georgetown’s roster shuffling has finally finished, Hollis Thompson will likely join returning starters Jason Clark and Nate Lubick, plus Markel Starks and Henry Sims, in the Hoyas’ presumptive starting lineup. Thompson will be the only junior on the roster, along with two seniors, five sophomores, and five freshmen.