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anyone else think this? when i watch him his jump shot is becoming very reliable and athleticly his is no doubt top 5 already at tosu...my feeling is when DT leaves the team either this year or next Thad will give sam the team and we will see him shooting 15-20 shots a night he has michael abilities i am excited to watch how he will progress.....defense might be the only negative Thoughts?
I thinks Slam has loads of untapped potential, but I think in order to be top 5 all time at OSU he would have needed to be making a bigger impact by this point in his career. For example, just in recent memory I don't see him matching the accomplishments of Sullinger, Turner, or even Deshaun. Then you factor in the legends like Jerry Lucas, John Havlicek, Jimmy Jackson, Scotty Hopson, Michael Redd, etc. I just don't think it is possible to take that big of a leap.
Here's to hoping he stays 4 years though and we get to see him be an All-American.
I think Sam might be a player that has a better NBA career than college one.
Top 5 dunker? - absolutely!
Top 5 scorer or all around player? - No way!
I love "SlamIAm" but when you start talking top 5 at tOSU you are talking about HOF caliber players! Thompson isn't on this level.
He's a joy to watch. His high school film clips are out of this world impressive for his jumps. He has tons of potential, as others mentioned, but to project where he's going to be at the end of his career is wishful thinking and a lot of hope.
I really like the kid. Enjoy listening to him in interviews also. Good representation it seems, of OSU. I'm in his corner but not ready to say he'll be any more than a great role player at this point. Ken Johnson, shot blocker extraordinaire, was a great role player. Is Sam going to approach that level of shot blocker? His slams and his improving jumper and 3pt shot are noteworthy, but he's got to put on some weight, and improve more in his overall game before calling him a projected top 5.
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I will say this...he has the prettiest jump shot on the team. His stroke is more fundementally sound than DT's. If he can work on his handles, he could be 'the guy' on the team next year. Not ready to call him top 5, but I think if he really works on everything this Summer (defense included, not that great on ball) he will definitely be the guy on next year's team (assuming DT leaves).
He would need to have two remarkable years for his last two. To this point he is just a role player who is a fantastic dunker.
I think he has potential to be a great player, but top 5 is a lofty goal. Even if he averaged 20 points a game the next two years, I'm not sure that would put him in the top 5. Be would need to be an all American and most likely a catalyst to a national championship team.
Who is this Michael you reference. Please tell me your not putting him in the same categorty as Jordan. MJ was a great college player and took his game to a higher level against better competition.
To be top five at this point in his career, he would have to carry this team to a NC and this year wouldn't be it. This team has been Craft and Thomas' team for the year and even a great tourny wouldn't put him in that lofty category.
Top 5 is kinda lofty at this point... Although, I do see him having two more really good years at tOSU. He needs to improve his rebounding, especially with his leaping ability, his ball handling, finishing at the rim in traffic (adding a little more muscle would help) and his defense. He defense is pretty solid right now and we've all seen the improvements in his shot.
I'd still say Q's J is smoother, but both he and Slam have a lot of potential.
The CHASE is on...
He has star talent, but not the attitude or personality. He is on the verge of being very good, but he has been there since December of 2011. Clearly he has improved since then, but I am hoping for an explosion, where he dominates an important game, then the next, then sustains excellence after that. It could happen soon, it may never happen. I am not holding my breath any more, but when he converts 4-5 strong drives in one game, or leaves his man to make three steals, I will start again.
i guess seeing how the kid from indiana improved if sam keeps getting better i could see him with mj talent as a senior at least at the college level allbeit mj was a younger......i understand what you guys are saying since he didnt come in a stud like mj or jimmy then he cant be an all time great not sure i agree with that line of thinking.....but if he leaves his senior year averaging close to 20 with 7-8 rebounds a game along with the excitment he generates everytime he touches the ball in my book top 5 at the osu and possibly poy nationally.. with the sky limit in the nba.....there are very few players i have watched in my 50 years on this earth that i get excited when they touch the ball with the anticipation of what they can do and he has become one to me.,tp,troy, braxton, teddy g, jimmy,archie,....maybe just a man crush who knows
i dont think this will happen until dt is gone and he gets his 15-20 shots a game. if thad wants someone to take over a game it will be dt its his team right now
I think you are correct...and his D will improve but he needs to get a bit stronger...He is also a great kid with out of this world ability...if he can improve his ball handling, his drives to the basket will be Jordanesque...IMO.
that is part of the problem.... the team belongs to dt and craft, both of whom will most likely return next year... not a lot of room for him to grow... especially if, as Lee says, he doesn't have the personality or attitude...
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Must be a man crush ... Over the past fifty years, there are at least fifty players who were more exciting. Yes, he can leap and dunk. Yes, he hits a three once in a while ... But Top Five player? No way, Jose.
Spot on as usual, Lee.
3 things are holding Sam back :
2. Lack of physical strength
3. Lack of an adequate handle
He is a bright, well-mannered kid. He defers to more senior members of the team, to a fault. If a pass to Craft or Thomas on the perimeter is an option, he'll pass on an open driving lane or a 15 foot jumper. That has to stop. His teammates need to demand it from him a half dozen more times each game.
He is also physically weak. Without an additional 10 lbs of muscle, he won't come close to achieving his potential, both offensively and defensively. He shies away from initiating contact, and backs away when he receives it. He needs Mickey Marotti. I think that he'll come back a little stronger next season, but with that, he also needs to strengthen his resolve to use it.
The only way he can get around his lack of strength would be a much improved dribble. I personally believe that he will make this his goal for the summer. Last summer he set out to improve to improve his jumper by launching thousands of shots and working on mechanics. He did it. He's light years beyond 2011 with his shot. I'll bet he'll do the same with his handle for 2013-14.
He has the potential/talent to be a Top 25 All-Time OSU player, but without added strength, ball handling skill, resolve, and aggression, he won't get there. IMO, this summer will determine his future.
No doubt his upside is virtually limitless. I think at this point he will make major strides every year for the next 6-8 years. It will take him time to gain muscle and strength, and time to build confidence in what he can do. It'll be fun to watch him the next 2 years, and then whatever comes next.
Sam does not have a scorer's mentality. He takes the offense that's available when he sees it. He takes the open J when it's there. He will drive when the lane is open. But Sam does not look for ways to generate a shot.
At least once in every game he's played this year I've seen him get the ball without a clear opening. Then he will decide there needs to be a reset and he will look for a way to get the ball out to the point, usually by dribbling it out there. He will stop looking at anything else that is opening up and just have tunnel-vision towards getting the ball back to the top for the point guard to start another play. About half the time this happens, there is a crack that opens up that he could have exploited using his vast physical skills. But he doesn't sense it. He's not looking for it.
Most scorers have that knack come to them naturally. For Sam to become a scorer who averages in the high teens, he will have to be taught where to find those opportunities. He's smart and he could learn it by watching film of himself and comparing to what a scorer does in the same situation. But right now he doesn't have it.
I love Slam and think he could be really good but top 5 is a stretch. I would say easily top 20 potential. Who would you guys say Slam and Q remind you of in the league?
If he has a Soph-Junior summer like Turner had:
1. Improves his ball handling and ability to create his own shot.
2. Develops a consistent midrange jump shot and 3 pointer
Thompson WILL BE a lottery pick.
You don't see players with that kind of spring and athleticism everyday. I D Cook could go first round, Im certain Thompson can. Whether or not he's top 5 to ever play at tOSU is another question. Definitely could see him in the top 10-15, though.
I love what Sam brings to the table. Especially his athleticism, but I think the keys to the team will be handed over to LaQuinton Ross. JMO. He could easily be a 20 point per game scorer. He has that same knack for putting the ball in the basket as Thomas. And he is improving on the defensive side of the ball too. On a side note, we have great PG play and our forwards are getting better by leaps and bounds. Jeez, I wish we had a big man who could demand a double team. We could be so dangerous.
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Add a top 5 in the showmanship/highlight reel category. In terms of entertainment value alone, Thompson is at the top of the mountain (apologies to hoops purists!).
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