NBPA: Friday Notebook

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Stephen Thompson, Jr. addresses speculation that he'll follow his father to Oregon State, while M.J. Cage lists the three schools recruiting him the hardest.

Thompson, Jr. wants to be recruited

When Oregon State head coach Wayne Tinkle hired Stephen Thompson, Sr. to be an assistant coach, most schools involved in the recruitment of Stephen Thompson, Jr. figured that landing the 2015 prospect became extremely unlikely at best.

Recent history doesn't include too many cases of college coaches who unsuccessfully recruited their own son.

However, Thompson, Jr., a 6-foot-3, 160-pound shooting guard from Torrance (Calif.) Bishop Montgomery, is adamant that he isn't a shoo-in to join his father at Oregon State.

"We're not a package deal," Thompson, Jr. said emphatically.

Thompson, Jr. says that he's told the schools still recruiting him – Stanford, Arizona State, Gonzaga and San Diego State are amongst that group – that he's still seriously considering them.

"I've told them that we aren't a package deal and I still want to be recruited," he said.

Thompson, Jr. said that he plans on playing out his senior season at Bishop Montgomery before moving on to college, instead of joining his father in Corvallis and playing his last year of high school ball there.

Three recruiting Cage hardest

Nationally, not too many centers have progressed more over the last year than 6-foot-10, 220-pound Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei's M.J. Cage.

The 2016 prospect has really added to his skill level, as he can drop in hook shots and knock down jumpers, while also blocking shots and rebounding on the other end of the court.

Having a father, Michael Cage, Sr., who played in the league, has only aided M.J. in his development.

"He tells me to keep working hard since you can always outwork someone, even if they're better than you," M.J. said.

At this point, Cage says that three schools are recruiting him the hardest.

"Arizona, San Diego State and Kentucky," Cage listed.

As of now, Cage isn't planning on making a decision before late into his junior year or early senior year.

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