Thompson continues to garner attention

Three-star center Trey Thompson is one of the true back to the basket players in the class of 2014.

The class of 2014 isn't loaded with a lot of post players, but one player who takes pride in being a center is Trey Thompson. The Forrest City (Ark) standout had a solid junior season and continues to be tracked by high-major coaches.

"I did alright, I made All-Arkansas third team, but I should have done better," said Thompson of his high school year. "We ended the season 18-11 and lost in the second round of the playoffs, but I was all-conference and had a pretty good year."

Now playing with the Arkansas Hawks, Thompson is hoping to show coaches his full skillset.

"I just want to show people what I can do and that I am versatile," said Thompson. "I want to show that I can score inside and in the mid-range. I am working on getting stronger and getting my conditioning up."

According to Thompson several schools indicated that they would be watching him closely during the month of April.

"Florida, Mississippi State, Arkansas, and Memphis are the main schools I have been talking to," said Thompson.

Arkansas already nailed down a top in-state commitment in the 2014 class with Anton Beard, and Thompson says they are hoping to do the same with him.

"I was Coach (Mike) Anderson's first recruit when he got to Arkansas. I was in the ninth grade and he offered me and has been recruiting me ever since. I talk to Coach Anderson and Coach (Melvin) Watkins every week. There isn't a lot of pressure, but they call me and we have a good relationship."

Like Arkansas, fellow SEC West school Mississippi State, is working hard to snag the pledge of the talented center.

"Mississippi State is like Forrest City, it is a close knit family," said Thompson. "Coach (Rick) Ray is a cool guy and Coach (Wes) Flanigan the assistant is from Arkansas and he is a real cool guy. It is a nice feel there."

When it comes to what Thompson is looking for in a school, he wants more than just a strong athletic program.

"I look for a school with a good academic program as well as a good sports program," said Thompson. "I want to see where I can develop my game the most as a player and also develop as a student."

Thompson is a three-star center and rated as the No. 16 center in the country.


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