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The mother of Texas freshman Tristan Thompson denies he has signed with an agent.
“I didn’t sign anything,” Andrea Thompson said by phone from Canada. “We didn’t sign anything. I don’t know where this is coming from. We didn’t talk about anything yet. He’s going to finish this season. We’re just relaxing.”
She added: “Tristan can’t sign. I’m his mom. Tristan is not old enough to sign. He just turned 20. I’m pretty sure you have to be 21.”
Another source close to the situation said, “Not at all,” when asked if Thompson had signed with an agent.
Following Texas’ loss to Arizona in the NCAA Tournament March 19, Thompson himself said: “I’m coming back another year. I’ve already signed up for summer classes, so I’ve got to be going to school there.”
Ro Russell, Thompson’s AAU coach with Grassroots Canada, said Thompson wanted to return in part to play with former St. Benedict’s and Grassroots Canada teammate Myck Kabongo, a senior at Findlay Prep who has signed with Texas.
“That’s how he feels,” Russell said. “He loves college.”
NBADraft.net, citing “sources close to the situation,” said Thompson had signed and an official announcement could come “in the next several weeks.”
The 6-foot-8 Thompson averaged 13.1 points and 7.8 rebounds as a freshman at Texas.
Thompson is projected as a mid- to late-first round pick.
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