LAWRENCE KS - JANUARY 22: Tristan Thompson #13 of the Texas Longhorns dunks against the Kansas Jayhawks during the game on January 22 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Thursday afternoon, Statesmen hoops writer Mark Rosner tweeted that a source close to Texas forward Tristan Thompson's family and an NBA scout told him that Thompson will enter the NBA draft.
A tweet from Thompson several days ago talked about finishing a paper, so he's still involved in passing his classes at Texas, which is a good sign for the Longhorns, but it sounds like Thompson may not return for his sophomore season to play with long-time friend Myck Kabongo.
For all the criticism of Rick Barnes over the years, players leaving early for the NBA has played as large a role in the lack of Final Four appearances as anything else. And it looks increasingly like 2011-12 won't be the season that the Longhorns finally catch a break.
With Thompson, Texas is a contender. Without him, not so much.