Thompson sees interest increase

The recruitment of three-star point guard P.J. Thompson has really picked up recently and he is now firmly on the high-major radar.

During his junior season Indianapolis (Ind.) Bebeuf standout P.J. Thompson put up huge numbers. The three-star point guard at times put his team on his back and led them to some big wins. Now more and more recruiting interest is coming his way.

At 5-foot-9 Thompson isn't the biggest point guard, but very few are tougher and have a better understanding of the game. That led to some big performances, and overall Thompson feels his junior season went well.

"It was a pretty good year," said Thompson. "As a team we were inconsistent. We would play well for a few games and then take a few steps back before playing well again. We finished 11-10 which shows our inconsistency, but there were some bright spots as well."

He continued, "I think I had a really big junior season. I played well, and it was definitely my best season. I put the ball in the basket and averaged around 24 points per game and made some plays for my teammates as well. We came up short in sectionals, but I felt I did all I could and played at a high level during my junior year."

Recruiting wise Thompson has offers from DePaul, Toledo, Miami, Indiana State, Ball State, IUPUI, and Wisconsin Green Bay. Also interest is coming in from Purdue, Xavier, Butler, and Minnesota.

The most recent visit Thompson took was to Purdue, and the heady point guard says things have really picked up with the Boilermakers recently.

"Purdue, they have been recruiting me off and on," Thompson explained. "They would recruit me hard and then slow down because they didn't know if they wanted a point guard in 2014, but now they made it clear that they really want a true point in 2014, and they are going to come after me hard."

He continued about the visit, "The visit was really good. The atmosphere at Mackey was great. The fans were great, and it was a really good game. I had a chance to talk to Coach (Jack) Owens and of course Coach (Matt) Painter, and they had a lot of good things to say. I am pretty positive I will be hearing more from Purdue and going back there shortly."

Previous to the Purdue visit Thompson tripped to DePaul where he picked up his first high-major offer.

"I had a great visit to DePaul," said Thompson. "The coaches were great and the players were great. Just overall the visit was great. Of course DePaul being in the Big East, which is a high-major conference, it was my first high-major offer and that meant a lot."

He continued, "They can see me coming in and being one of their guys from a guard standpoint. They see me as someone who can help them win games and really make that push to the top. It is a great guard conference, and I could see myself playing in the Big East."

Up next for Thompson is a trip to Butler for their game on Saturday against Xavier. The Bulldogs are yet to offer, but they have been recruiting him as long as any school.

"Butler, they have been recruiting me for a long time," said Thompson. "I haven't gotten an offer yet, but they are very interested. Butler is a great program and they have a great coaching staff with Coach (Brad) Stevens and his assistants. Also I love Butler's system, so I like them a lot."

For now Thompson is simply gaining all the information he can and has no timeline on when he wants to make a decision.

Scout Hoops Top Stories