Hollis Thompson left Georgetown as the school’s all-time leader in three-point field goal percentage, but on Thursday afternoon in a pre-draft workout for the Washington Wizards, the forward was focusing on defense during a drill near the end of the session.
His task was to help double-team on the low block, then close out on an open shooter set up along the three-point line. The shooter in this case was Wizards assistant Sam Cassell, who is known for his gregaroius personality and delights in showing the young bucks a thing or two.
Cassell hit several shots over Thompson, then looked to Wizards team President Ernie Grunfeld, who was watching the proceedings from the railing above the court.
“GM, you got this on tape?” Cassell said with a big smile.
That prompted Wizards Coach Randy Wittman to inform Thompson: “I’m sending you home right now if he scores.”
To which Thompson hollered: “He’s not going to score.”
Thompson was true to his word, running out to contest Cassell’s jumper that bounced off the rim to end the drill.
Thompson was one of three players who auditioned for the Wizards coaching staff and front office officials at Verizon Center’s auxiliary court. Top five prospect Bradley Beal (Florida) also participated, as did Grambling’s Quincy Roberts.
“Nothing really that I’m trying to show,” Thompson said. “Just that I’m a player. I can play basketball. I love to play basketball, and it’s what I want to do.”
Last season Thompson submitted his name for the NBA draft but came back to play as a junior. The 6-foot-8 forward averaged 12. 8 points, second on the team, and 5.5 rebounds in helping Georgetown reach the second round of the NCAA tournament and far exceed preseason expectations.
The Hoyas finished fifth in the Big East after being selected 10th in the preseason in poll of conference coaches.
Thompson revealed after the workout that he has been nursing a sore groin that had been bothering him during the second half of the season.The injury is about fully healed, said Thompson, who was an all-Big East honorable mention selection.
Thompson was the second Georgetown player to work out for the Wizards in three days. On Tuesday, guard Jason Clark was one of six players to audition.
“We kind of shoot [messages] back and forth about what workouts we’ve been to,” Thompson said when asked about staying in touch with Clark and Henry Sims, the Hoyas’ senior starting center last season. “How it’s going, like what’s the toughest drill you’ve done. Stuff like that.”
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