Andy Thompson has only scratched the surface of his abilities, according to his Mersey Tigers team-mate Drew Sullivan.

The Manchester-born forward has been a revelation this term, his second in the British Basketball League since he returned, unheralded, from a stint in Spain’s lower divisions.

Thompson is being pushed to improve

However Sullivan has been coaxing the 26-year-old to find even more within. And he claims that Thomson, who made his England international debut last summer, is still struggling to have confidence in his own talents.

“The scary thing is, he is only now beginning to realise just how good he can be,” the Great Britain skipper said.

“And when he scored 31 points at the Rocks in the BBL Cup in a tight game, he screamed confidence and that’s what we need from him.

“People in this league don’t recognise what a talent Tommo actually is. Crucially, neither do they appreciate the hard work he does for the team.”

With coach Tony Garbelotto encouraging Sullivan to be a de facto assistant coach, the Londoner admits he has taken a personal stake in bringing Thomson on. And even as Mersey nestle four points clear at the top of the standings, that job, he says, is not yet done.

“As he gets better, I admit I have been very demanding of him.” Sullivan told the BBL’s website.

“I have spent my time pushing him and expecting more and more but I think he will only benefit from that.”

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