Thompson To Turn Pro

Perhaps no team in college basketball has been as bitten by the early entry bug as Texas.

The Longhorns received two years apiece from stars T.J. Ford and D.J. Augustin, and one apiece from Kevin Durant and Avery Bradley in recent years. Now, it appears forward Tristan Thompson will put his name with the second pair.

Thompson, who was one of the Big 12's top big men in 2010-2011, averaged 13.1 points per game, while grabbing 7.8 rebounds and blocking 2.4 shots per game, while altering countless others. Thompson had been debating about whether to enter the draft, but told the Austin American-Statesman that if he elected to put his name in, he would do so with an agent, ending his college eligibility.

Thompson's decision comes as a blow to a Texas team that could have used the 6-foot-8 standout to roll to a Big 12 title in 2011-2012. Instead, the Longhorns will return just one big man who played any minutes this past year in Alexis Wangmene.

Jordan Hamilton faces a similar decision. The talented wing has until Sunday to decide whether he wants to enter the draft or not.

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