JASON THOMPSON RIDER

Position: Power forward

Age: 21

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Height/weight: 6-11, 250

High school: Lenape (N.J.)

Relevant stats: Thompson averaged 20.4 points and 12.1 rebounds (second nationally). He also blocked 2.7 shots and shot 56 percent from the floor.

Breakdown: Very long and very athletic . . . Finished his career at Rider first in rebounding (1,171) and blocked shots (235) and third in scoring (2,040) . . . He was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Year his senior season and garnered defensive player of the year in both his junior and senior seasons . . . A tough player already, he'll be able to put more weight and muscle on his frame.

Scout's take: "He's really on the ascent. He might go in the top 15. I'm a fan of his. He can board and handle the ball and pass. If you're looking to start a fastbreak, that's what you're looking for."

Projection: If you haven't heard of Thompson, study up. He'll probably be going in the latter part of the first round.