The touted twin tandem of Amen and Ausar Thompson, each projected as lottery picks, declared for the 2023 NBA Draft on Friday after spending the previous two years within the Time beyond regulation Elite program. Each gamers are within the prime 10 of the 2023 CBS Sports activities NBA Draft Prospect Rankings after thriving with OTE, an Atlanta-based collegiate various program.
Amen averaged 16.4 factors, 5.9 assists and 5.9 rebounds this previous season in 27.5 minutes per contest whereas enjoying towards different aspiring professionals within the OTE program; Ausar averaged 16.3 factors, 6.1 assists and seven.1 rebounds. The duo beforehand performed highschool basketball at Pine Crest College in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, however are initially from Oakland, California.
Each gamers are 6-foot-7 guards. Amen is ranked No. 5 in CBS Sports activities’ prospect rankings whereas Ausar is ranked No. 8. Amen went No. 5 in a mock draft from Kyle Boone earlier this week.
“Each Thompson twins could be top-10 picks on this class however I barely favor Amen over his brother, Ausar, due to his playmaking and talent to make superior reads,” Boone wrote. “He is an elite athlete who might be the initiator for an NBA offense, and gamers with that profile at 6-foot-6 are very, very helpful.”
Ausar went at No. 8 in Boone’s mock draft and at No. 9 in a mock draft by Gary Parrish.
“Think about having twins and each of them growing into NBA Draft lottery picks,” Parrish wrote. “His brother is taken into account the marginally higher prospect, however the Thompson twins are related and doubtlessly particular on the subsequent degree.”