For the past year or so, I’ve operated on the assumption that Trey Thompkins would be an NBA first-rounder if not a lottery pick. (Unless I miss my guess, Thompkins himself shared that belief.) But the Georgia Bulldog’s draft stock is, as we say on CNBC, trending downward.
Chad Ford of ESPN Insiders omits Thompkins from his latest Round 1 (link requires registration) — and doesn’t include him in his five near-misses, either. DraftExpress has Thompkins going 10th in Round 2 (meaning 40th overall) — four spots behind Iman Shumpert of Georgia Tech, whose draft profile has seemed iffy. NBAdraft.net shows Thompkins going 26th in Round 1 and Sam Amick of SI.com has him going 27th– but those mocks haven’t been updated since May 18, which is significant.
Thompkins took part in the NBA combine in Chicago last week, and he was measured as having 15.5 percent body fat. That’s a huge number for a center, which Thompkins isn’t, and an alarming one for a power forward. (Derrick Favors, also a power forward, had a body-fat index of 6.5 percent last spring.)
The belief here is that Thompkins was in shape only one of his three collegiate seasons. He was hurt in preseason as both a freshman and a junior, and both times his conditioning suffered. Not coincidentally, his best season came as a sophomore.
There now seems a chance that Thompkins will be drafted behind Travis Leslie, his Bulldog teammate of three seasons. DraftExpress has Leslie going with the 26th pick of Round 1; Amick of SI.com has him going with final pick of the first round, and Ford of ESPN lists Leslie as one of the first five picks of Round 2.
Leslie himself had a combine issue, sort of, by suggesting in a DraftExpress interview he was better than Tony Allen of the Memphis Grizzlies.
Responded Allen (he’s @aaOOOG9) via Twitter: “Who is this dude?”
By Mark Bradley