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“We’re just helping each other out with everything — offense, defense — just trying to communicate better,” he said.

In the end, Thompson is fine with leadership by committee.

“Is there one particular person where you say, he’s really stuck his neck out? No, I don’t think so,” he said. “But on any given night, you see Nate fill that role, Markel fill that role, Otto fill that role, Jabril [Trawick] fill that role, and I can keep going. I think we’ve been pretty good in that regard.”

Note: Thompson was named Monday to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division I Congress. Founded in 1972 by legendary Kansas basketball coach Phog Allen, the NABC works to further the best interests of the game of basketball as well as the players and coaches who participate in the sport. This is the first time in his collegiate coaching career that Thompson has served on the NABC board.