Even after giving rookie swingman Tony Snell’s temporary two-game stint as starting shooting guard a review after the fact, Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau was pleased with the results.

Now, as exacting as the coach can be, he didn’t say the rookie’s performance—nine points in Monday’s loss at Utah and a career-high 13 in Wednesday’s win over Detroit—was perfect. But Thibodeau acknowledged that the New Mexico product has the characteristics he values in his players.

“He goes in, he does his job, he knows what he’s supposed to do. He concentrates, he’s been a great worker from Day One, so he can help us in all areas. His job is to help the team function well, and the first part is the attitude and approach, which he’s been terrific at. He studies, he prepares himself well, he’s very serious, so we’re expecting a lot from him,” Thibodeau said after Friday’s practice at the Berto Center.

“He’s very good in a lot of areas. He can shoot, he can pass, he can make plays. I still think he can do more and there’s obviously a lot of areas he can improve upon, and I think as he continues to go around the league and he understands personnel better—he’s put a lot of time into studying—he’ll get more and more comfortable.”

Jimmy Butler, the player Snell is replacing for the time being—due to the third-year player’s ongoing recovery from a turf toe injury—was also impressed with Snell while watching the rookie back in Chicago.