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News Feed - January 8, 2009

Since returning from injury on Dec. 20, Virginia Tech forward J.T. Thompson has contributed without playing major minutes. He's averaging 22 minutes in four games with a high of 15 points and 10 rebounds. Expect to see him take a larger role -- and it might just come earlier in the game.

Thompson has been valuable off the bench, but Coach Seth Greenberg did not dismiss the idea of Thompson joining the starting lineup.

"Who knows what's going to happen in those four days?" Greenberg said Monday.

He referred to the four days of practice between last Sunday's loss to Duke and Saturday's showdown with Virginia. Greenberg will take the time to assess the best fit for Thompson, a 6-foot-6 athletic bowling ball who can run the floor and grab tough rebounds in the paint. Against Duke, Thompson dunked twice in transition to quiet the Cameron Crazies for a brief moment.

His energy creates a valuable catalyst off the bench. His talent warrants a starting role.

"He’s an X factor for our team," Greenberg said. “I would expect him to be on the floor when the game is on the line.“

By Zach Berman  |  January 8, 2009; 7:23 AM ET
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