Hollis Thompson's reputation precedes him.
Ask anyone familiar with the former Georgetown standout what the Thunder can expect from the 6-foot-8 swingman and their descriptions all will sound the same.
Great kid. Hard worker. Knockdown shooter.
Thompson isn't big on the superlatives. He's just eager to start his professional career.
But it was hard not to notice Thompson's infectious smile and inviting personality as he wrapped up a community event in which he helped distribute books to children at a local elementary school on Friday as part of the Rolling Thunder Book Bus. We'll soon learn how the undrafted free agent who signed with OKC in July can help the Thunder on the court. In the meantime, Thompson shared his thoughts on joining the Thunder and what he hopes to bring to the team in a Q&A with The Oklahoman.
Q: What do you know about the Thunder?
A: Just what I've seen on TV so far. It's a great team, a great program. I'm very happy to be here.
Did you know any of the players before signing with the team?
Yeah, I knew Russ (Westbrook) because we're from the same area. But that's about it. We're cool. We had a lot of mutual friends when I was in high school and in college.
Talk a little bit about your game and what you hope to bring to this team.
I'm just really happy to be here. I'm looking forward to getting better and working with the coaches every day and getting an opportunity to play basketball every day. So I'm very excited.
What about some of your strengths and weaknesses?
My strength is I can score. I love to score. I love to play for my team. I can do a lot of things. And I've got weaknesses in all areas. I can get better in all areas. So I'm looking forward to playing basketball and getting better.
Is there a player that you've patterned your game after?
Not really one particular player. I think I take a little from whoever is good at something. I try to put that in my own game.
You underwent surgery for a sports hernia in July. How is the recovery going and where are you now?
It's going well. I'm still rehabbing. I'm getting better every day, so I'm excited to get back on the court. I don't know exactly the date (of my return), but I feel like I'm getting better every day and I'm feeling a lot better.
What are your expectations coming into training camp?
Honestly, I don't really have any. I know they expect me to come in every day and work hard and that's what I plan to do. Whatever they want me to do I'm happy to do it.