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Six-foot-eight Race Thompson looks up to NBA stars

Three-star Robbinsdale Armstrong High School (Mn.) junior Race Thompson is a phenomenal player to keep an eye on.

The 6-foot-8, 220-pound power forward is a beast, as displayed by his strong physical attributes. Thompson says his game most resembles 6-foot-11, 220-pound Milwaukee Bucks’ star Giannis Antetokounmpo, the “Greek Freak.”

Thompson likes to live by this quote he heard from Golden State Warrior Kevin Durant, that relates to everything that he pursues in his basketball career:

“Hard work beats talent when talent fail to work hard.”

When the Minneapolis, Minnesota, native is not lighting it up on the court, he enjoys other activities in his free time.

“Other than basketball I like to fish and just chill by myself or go hang out with some friends every now and then,” he said.

Along with these leisure activities, Thompson enjoys keeping up with his academics.

“My favorite class I would say is math just because I get it,” he said.

This enjoyment of academics will bode well for him and helps Thompson keep his mind off the recruiting process.

“The recruiting process is very stressful sometimes when you have to talk on the phone two or three times a day and text coaches, but I try my best to enjoy it and not take it for granted.”

The recruiting process has been rather kind to Thompson, as well.

The junior has standing offers from North Dakota, Northern Iowa, Marquette, Minnesota, Nebraska, Creighton, Baylor, Northwestern, Kansas State, Iowa State, Arizona State, Indiana and Providence.

“Colleges that are actively recruiting me are Oregon State, Michigan, Michigan State,” he said, in addition to his current offers.

Thompson knows that the process will pay off and lead him the best school.

“I want to feel at home with the college I choose mostly and just having good relationships with coaches, he said.”

In terms of getting ready for games during the season, his routine is pretty basic.

“My game day routine is pretty chill,” Thomson said. “I try and eat and drink a lot of water and maybe play video games and get some shots up if I have a gym to go to.”

Thompson has quite a few strengths on the court, such as “being able to handle the ball and being very versatile.”

Thompson does have a weakness though.

“My weakness right now is guarding smaller players, but I have been challenging myself and I’ve been doing better with that,” he said.

In lieu of this weakness, he has a great home-figure to help him through it.

“I would say my mentor is my dad,” he said. “He always does what’s best for me and pushes me to my limits and everything I do on and off the court.”

This weakness has also allowed Thompson to establish some goals for himself and his team for his senior season.

“My goals for next year are to do well in school and also make a run at state in the basketball season,” he said.

Thompson is a level-headed person and has inspired the people around him.

“I would say that Race is an exceptional player that is of high character on and off the court,” Thompson’s coach Al Harris, said. “He is absolutely a player that we look to for leadership and consistency in every way on this team.”