So what if Zeke is a rookie? And they didn't draft him #4 overall, given that he's a prototype 3-down back, to have him in a timeshare with Morris or McFadden. Behind that line, coupled with his skills as a runner, receiver, and pass blocker, there's no way he should fall past the first round.
High release on his jumper makes it tough for defenders to block
Uses his length to make up for his lack of ideal height
Defends well on the perimeter
Good athlete who runs the floor well
Does a nice job of finding the open spot on the floor and establishing position on the block
Decent shot blocker
Brings a great energy to the floor
Undersized for an NBA power forward
Not a great ball-handler
Lacks a great deal of explosiveness
Summary: With Tyler Hansbrough, Ty Lawson and Wayne Ellington in the league, Thompson has emerged from the shadows to become a major contributor for the Heels. His lack of ideal athleticism and size for an NBA power forward will keep him out of the first round, but any team needing some toughness and energy off the bench should be on Thompson's heels in the second round.
Player Comparison: Juwan Howard Howard has been known more for his physicality and mid-range game than being able to put the ball on the floor. Thompson is in a similar mold in that he operates best around 12-15 feet from the basket. Thompson won't have the success that Howard did early in his career, but should find a fit as a role player coming off the bench.