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After countless workouts and tireless training since the end of the Hoyas’ 2012 campaign, Georgetown graduate Henry Sims and junior Hollis Thompson are poised for selection in tonight’s NBA Draft. Both have shown up on the majority of mock draft boards leading up to the draft, which Vox has compiled below:
|Chad Ford (Espn.com)
||54 – Philadelphia
|Jeff Goodman (Cbssports.com)
||53 – LA Clippers
||49 – Orlando
|Joe Kotoch (Sheridanhoops.com)
||57 – Brooklyn
||60 – LA Lakers
||57 – Brooklyn
||58 – Minnesota
||44 – Detroit
||49 – Orlando
||39 – Detroit
Once the second round rolls around, the mock drafts become far less reliable - players are generally placed based on projected need. Thus, it makes sense for multiple mock drafts to bring the Simsanity movement to Brooklyn, where the Nets will need a big man behind Brook Lopez (or perhaps Dwight Howard). In a similar manner, Thompson heading to Detroit makes sense on many levels – the Pistons are in desperate need of a shooter after shipping Ben Gordon away, plus the last Georgetown guy they selected worked out pretty well.
More on Sims, Thompson, and Jason Clark after the jump:
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Georgetown’s Class of 2012 certainly has a few unemployed grads – count Henry Sims and Jason Clark among them. Unlike their classmates, however, that situation could change in a big way during next Thursday’s NBA Draft.
Since the Hoyas’ season concluded, Clark, Sims, and the early-departing junior Hollis Thompson (he doesn’t get to play on a boat now) have been working out and showcasing their talents for NBA teams, hoping to get picked up in the draft.
Sims – following Clark and Thompson before him – worked out with the Washington Wizards on familiar turf at the Verizon Center today. According to the center, it was approximately his thirteenth workout for a team, with three or four remaining.
“It’d be like coming back home,” Sims said of the possibility of playing for the Wizards. “The rims haven’t changed, I don’t think. It would definitely be nice.”
After his workout, Clark was similarly excited, but admitted to feeling out of place at the Phonebooth: “It’s kind of weird coming into this arena and not having on that Georgetown jersey.”
Both Thompson and Sims are projected to go in the second round by most experts, with both receiving periodic praise from the draft experts. ESPN’s Chad Ford said Thompson could sneak into the first round after watching one of his workouts last month, while his colleague John Hollinger called Sims a potential “second-round steal.” All three players value this time to fully showcase their abilities (like Sims’ monstrous dunk versus UConn, pictured above), especially according to the big man.
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The writing has been on the wall ever since he tested the waters last spring, but for those Hoya fans who couldn’t or wouldn’t believe it, it’s official now—Hollis Thompson will forgo his senior season and enter the NBA Draft. Thompson will hire an agent, although even if he didn’t, his decision would be irreversible—a player is only allowed to enter and withdraw from the draft once during their college career.
Thompson’s decision certainly didn’t come as a shock to head coach John Thompson III, who’s been prepared for the junior forward’s departure since last spring.
“Hollis returned for his junior year after submitting his name for the 2011 NBA Draft,” Coach Thompson said in a statement. “We fully anticipated he would enter the 2012 draft after this season. He is an extremely hard worker and we wish him the best as he takes his next step.”
Thompson was the Hoyas’ second leading scorer at 12.7 points per game this season while shooting 43 percent on three-point attempts. His departure, coupled with the loss of seniors Henry Sims and Jason Clark, strips the Hoyas of all upperclassmen. Next season, the Hoyas will play without any seniors, having previously lost Thompson’s classmates Vee Sanford and Jerrelle Benimon to transfers.
This season, Thompson started on a tear, averaging 14.6 points per game through the first 18 games. He provided one of the highlights of the season, draining a game-winning three to defeat Alabama in Tuscaloosa in November. However, in the final 15 games of the season, he became less of a centerpiece of the offense, averaging 10.7 points per game and seemingly disappearing for stretches. He was memorably not on the court for the Hoyas’ final offensive possession in overtime at Syracuse in February. As in previous years, he performed superbly in the Hoyas’ final game of the season, notching 23 points in Georgetown’s loss to North Carolina State last week during the NCAA Tournament.
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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.
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As first reported by Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post, sophomore Hollis Thompson has declared for the NBA draft. He will not hire an agent, retaining his NCAA eligibility if he decides to return to school.
The 6-foot-7 forward from Los Angeles would be one of the Hoyas’ top returning players. Thompson appeared in every game this season, starting 22, and averaged 8.6 points per game while shooting 45.7 percent from beyond the arc. The sophomore was also the team’s second leading rebounder with 4.4 boards per game.
Thompson’s decision comes as something of a surprise. He did have the best game of his career in Georgetown’s season ending NCAA Tournament loss to VCU, scoring a career-high 26 points to go along with seven rebounds. But for most of the season Thompson was no better than the Hoyas’ fourth option, and he was removed from the starting lineup in favor of freshman Nate Lubick in January.
Chad Ford, ESPN’s resident draft expert, called Thompson a second-rounder at best, while former Hoya Patrick Ewing Jr. shook his head at the decision.
Thompson has until May 8 to remove his name from the draft and preserve his college eligibility. Entering the draft in order to get feedback from NBA teams and scouts is not uncommon for underclassmen, but players are only allowed to test the waters once. If Thompson does return to school, don’t be surprised if the forward’s junior season is his last. Considering his size and potential, Thompson could work his way into the first round of the 2012 draft with a solid season as the focal point of Georgetown’s offense.
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