Great article on Howard Thompkins.
I always felt that the only thing that kept Thompkins from taking his game to the next level was working on his body. He missed all of the strength and conditioning from his first year, due to injury.
Now that he has had the benefit of the conditioning work from the pre-season, plus all of the coaching and competition from his time with the USA's team from the FIBA international games, he is actually ahead of the game.
If he has increased his speed and his vertical significantly, Thompkins is going to be a handful against opposing defenses.