Former Ohio State player Sam Thompson will go to training camp with the Charlotte Hornets, according to league sources.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) August 15, 2015
Hailing from the prestigious Chicago Whitney Young high school, Thompson spent his last four years at The Ohio State University playing under coach Thad Matta. He averaged 10.2 points and 3.9 rebounds per game in his senior season while shooting 46.6 percent from the field.
Thompson is known for his breath taking athleticism, seemingly gliding down the court and finishing above the rim at will. His highlights have obviously led him to a training camp invite in Charlotte, where he will attempt to join the roster and impress the coaching staff with that athleticism.
The rest of his game still needs to be polished and rounded out. At OSU, he played mostly power forward, due to his inability to shoot from the wing position. His three point percentage declined each year, bottoming out at a putrid 26.2 percent from distance in his senior season. Outside of catching and finishing lobs, there isn't much to Thompson's game. He doesn't create for his teammates, handle the ball well, or dominate the boards in any way. He also has a tendency to gamble quite a bit on defense. If Thompson is going to make the Charlotte Hornets roster, he is going to have to work on hitting spot up threes at the very least while honing in his athleticism on the defensive end.
At the moment, the Hornets have 14 guaranteed contracts, and it's unlikely that Thompson is going to grab that final open spot with 17 players going into camp. It's more likely that the Hornets are bringing Thompson on for a training camp stint to see what potential future he may bring in the D-League. Charlotte is currently pursuing their own D-League franchise, and Thompson could get a call for that in the future.