Twins Amen and Ausar Thompson are entering their junior season after having an active summer and fall which saw them both jump into the top-100 in the class of 2022. Originally from Oakland, California and currently in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the Thompson twins project to continue to ascend up the national ranks with each bringing their own skill-set to the table.
As part of the Pro Insight Q&A series, we touch on a variety of topics with the Thompsons as we attempt to learn more about two of the most impressive athletes in high school basketball.
For the next installment of the Pro Insight Q&A series, we present 2022 prospects Amen and Ausar Thompson, from Fort Lauderdale, Florida:
Pro Insight: Tell us about your background.
Amen Thompson: We’re originally from Oakland, and in eighth grade we moved to Florida. We have an older brother, he played D1 and our mom and dad didn’t play no sports in college.
PI: Where did your older brother play?
Ausar Thompson: He played at Prairie View A&M in Texas for like two years, then he went to the G-League. Now he’s working out for some G-League teams.
PI: Do you guys train with him?
Both: Oh yeah, we always train with him. We’ve never really had a trainer.
Amen: He always helps us and shows us what we need to do to get to the next level: tells us not to be selfish, that coaches don’t want to see you score, they want to see everything you can do, defense included.
Ausar: Defense included, yes sir.
PI: Is he tall like you guys?
Ausar: We’re the tallest in our family. He was the tallest in our family until like two years ago. He’s like 6’3”.
PI: How tall are your parents?
Amen: My dad is 6’0”, my mom is 5’6”. We got all the genes [laughs], especially that we’re twins is crazy.
PI: Did you guys play any other sports growing up?
Amen: Football. We played flag football until fifth grade, but we were good at flag football. I wanted to be a football player when I was younger, but my mom was like “no we don’t need those concussions” so we just stuck to basketball
Ausar: And the boys and girls soccer team, I wasn’t good, but I played.
PI: Ausar, how would you describe Amen’s game? What are his biggest strengths?
Ausar: Some of his biggest strengths is his ability to finish at the rim. I’ve never seen a dude who could finish at the rim like him...not just dunks, but some of the layups he makes are insane. His defense. His mid-range is there and his 3pt shot is getting there so don’t sleep on the 3.
PI: Amen, how would you describe Ausar’s strengths?
Amen: Super good passer, good facilitator, very good defender, good three-point shooter. All-around scorer. Good finisher, just not up there with me yet. He’s got some bounce, just not up there with me yet. Overall, he’s just not up there with me yet.
Ausar: We see the difference of humbleness between the both of us [laughs].
PI: What are some things you’re each trying to improve?
Amen: Definitely my jump shot so I can be a better scorer in the half-court because some dudes on the drive, I can still get there, but if I had a jump shot it’d make it a lot easier for me to drive.
Ausar: I also work on my jump shot even though I hit it I want it to be more consistent. I need to work on shooting more, I like getting my teammates involved, but sometimes I don’t make the best pass because I didn’t shoot the best shot. Shoot the open shot.
PI: What are some underrated aspects of your games?
Ausar: My shooting, again. I see all these other people say I can’t shoot and it’s not true.
Amen: I feel like an underrated part of both our games is our handles because dudes think that we’re like 6’6” that we can’t dribble, but in reality that’s not true and I feel like that’s