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Thompson looks to be more productive

Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg says forward J.T. Thompson wants to be "the Energizer bunny."

Thompson, a Hokies' forward, says he simply "hasn't been doing too much."

Although he seemed poised to break out before, Thompson has not been a productive component in the Hokies' line up this season.Thompson, a junior, is healthy for the for the first time since arriving in Blacksburg, but he has not been able to help Virginia Tech the way he wanted to.

"There’s been times I've been on the floor I’ve grabbed two rebounds the entire time I'm out there," said Thompson, who is averaging 5.6 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. "I just want to be more active and give the team more energy when I'm out there."

Thompson did not play for most of the summer after undergoing major ankle surgery but said recently that he felt fine. Thompson, who is 6 feet 6 and 210 pounds, is a strong, physically gifted post presence for Virginia Tech.

Greenberg has asked him to provide a spark for the Hokies when he comes off the bench. In facct, Greenberg recently called Thompson, who has started three games this year, to tell him to be confident and to stop thinking and just play.

"He hasn’t gotten into the flow the way I would have liked," Greenberg said. "We need him to have a breakout game. We know he’s capable; it's just a matter of time."

By Mark Viera  |  January 28, 2010; 12:13 PM ET
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