After a promising rookie season, Amen Thompson was chosen as one of many 15 gamers for the USA Choose Staff. Thompson stopped by briefly to speak with HoopsHype with some fast hitters about his expertise enjoying in opposition to the Nationwide Staff, his rookie season, recommendation from teammates, twin brother Ausar, and extra.

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Amen Thompson: It was enjoyable to be chosen and are available out right here. To play and compete in opposition to one of the best, it was a enjoyable expertise.

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AT: I didn’t get too many ideas however I undoubtedly watched and noticed. Watching LeBron [James] and see how he facilitates as a giant guard, that’s among the stuff I used to be looking forward to.

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AT: Simply take it a day at a time. It’s your first sport, so that you’re excited about doing lots and generally it doesn’t occur like that. It’s 82 video games, so take it a sport at a time, however my final sport I had one in all my finest video games of the yr.

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AT: He’s form of just like some coaches I’ve had prior to now. The factor that’s totally different about him is he can get within the combine with us, like he’s a participant. I’ve by no means had a coach that performed within the NBA. When he talks, I gotta pay attention as a result of he’s been there. He’s fairly exhausting on all people. He doesn’t go loopy, however he’s fairly exhausting.

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AT: DB, he’s the best. It shocked me, to be sincere. He’s the best dude. Actually chill. He works exhausting for every little thing. He prepares for video games like he prepares for struggle, so I see it in that facet. Coolest dude for actual.

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports activities

AT: Simply at all times do one thing each day. If that’s not basketball, working in your physique. He’s large on that. He does that each day.

David Reginek-USA TODAY Sports activities

AT: Be assured. Be assured on what you are able to do. Preserve staying assured.

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AT: Cam Whitmore. He’s unintentionally humorous.

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports activities

AT: Nah. [Laughing] He’s humorous tho, he gotta be the funniest.

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AT: To him? Nah. As a result of I understand how good he’s, I do know the place he’s going to be at later, so it’s no level for me to get on him.

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AT: Each, however I at all times say I’m higher than him, it doesn’t matter what’s occurring. He can win MVP, and I’m higher than him.