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Seeing his forward develop something other than his shot has been critical for John Thompson, and he’s been pleased with the results thus far.

Hollis can really shoot, but other parts of his game, be it defense, rebounding or communication with his teammates, is much higher than it was in previous years,” he said.

The player already has earned Big East Player of the Week honors after a three-game stretch in which he averaged 17.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists while shooting 53 percent from the floor. At 6-foot-8, Thompson hasn’t had much trouble finding the looks both on the perimeter and as he increases his slashing to the basket.

“I think it’s a big advantage to be able to shoot over people,” Thompson said. “I feel like not too many people my size are contesting my shots.”

Just to be clear, Thompson may be a shooter at heart, but his 89 field goals and 38 3-pointers both rank second on the Hoyas behind Clark. But numbers don’t matter to Thompson. Only looks do.

“If I have an open look, I shoot it,” he said.