UT recruit laces up for McDonald's game

Texas' next big basketball hope, Tristan Thompson, is one of 24 players who will play in the 33rd Annual McDonald's All-American Game on Wednesday at 7 p.m. on ESPN.

Thompson will compete for the West squad. He is the 12th player in Texas Longhorns history to compete in the prestigious All-Star game. The 6-foot-9 forward is a natural replacement for Damion James, whose career came to end with a first-round NCAA tournament loss to Wake Forest.

Thompson, from from Findlay College Prep (Henderson, Nev.), is originally from Brampton, Ontario. He has helped Findlay Prep post a 29-2 record during the regular season, averaging 16.1 points and 9.5 rebounds a game. He converted over 60 percent from the field. He also has recorded 15 double-doubles in his 31 contests this year.