Coaches don't just give minutes away for the sake of 'development.' Thompson either did not fulfill his end of the bargain for playing time or simply did not match with the style of play.I'm not sure I've read too much about TT needing to play because he is good. I think it was more if he has a scholarship and he's going to be here....then play him so he can develop and GET better.
On a last place team if he was going to see his sophomore season as a Gopher, then he needed more minutes at the end of last year. I also believe it appears the coaches are trying to make him a banger, to play tougher by withholding minutes and that is not who he is and it is not a formula that often works. His strength is shooting 3's....we have zone defense talent (TT is one of those) vs possessing bangers and junk yard dogs hounding people man to man defensively. We play hard but did we utilize the talent the best way on defense?
The Gophers were competitive in most games last year. In year one, Johnson is trying to win and establish a culture while doing so. Johnson can't just throw Treyton out there for 'development' if it affects the 'development' of Battle for instance.
Johnson has a method to his decision making. If he doesn't, he will not be a coach for long. We will not know the expectations Johnson has for Thompson until someone in the media asks one of the coaches or Thompson himself the specific question about what Thompson must do to get on the court.