“[Thompson] has been playing great,” Dempsey said. “The first couple of games he didn’t get off to a great start. He was good but not great. Just trying to figure what out his identity is with this team. The last couples games he’s been much more assertive and has played like a first-team all-league player. He just has never really had to be the man, so that’s an adjustment for him.” In the first game of the year, Thompson took just 11 shots. In the second against Lehigh, he took just eight. “That’s just not enough for your best player,” Thompson said. He’s taken 19 and 17 shots, scoring 25 points, in the games against Lafayette and Cal State Northridge. “He’s so unselfish,” Dempsey said. “He doesn’t have a true scorer’s mentality so he’s much more of a complete player. Loves to pass and rebound. Those things are great but he has to have that little bit of scorer’s edge for us and the last couple games he’s had that.” As for Rutgers, Rider doesn’t see teams with that much size in their league. Starting center Hamady N’Diaye is 6-foot-10 and starting power forward Greg Echenique is 6-9. Freshman guard Mike Rosario is Rutgers’ only double-digit scorer at 16.2 ppg. Echenique is averaging 9.2 points and 10.0 rebounds.