Stephen Thompson, Jr. emerged on the Southern California basketball season as a freshman at Torrance (Calif.) Bishop Montgomery as a player who you had high hopes for immediately.With Stephen Thompson, Sr.'s success at Syracuse before playing in the NBA and coming from a high character family, Thompson, Jr. was bound to end up a Top 100 prospect. Thompson, Jr. has turned out to be exactly that, and on Tuesday he committed to Oregon State, where his father is now an assistant coach. The 64th ranked prospect in 2015, the 6-foot-3, 160-pound shooting guard will be the highest ranked player to sign with Oregon State since the inception of Scout.com's rankings in 2002. A slight shooting guard, Thompson’s biggest strength is his shot, as he can be lethal from beyond the arc. It’s not just his shooting that you really like about Thompson though, as the kid has a very high basketball IQ and just knows how to play the game, especially on defense, where usually once a game he uses his court sense, quick hands and timing to intercept a pass and quickly take the ball the other way for an easy basket. Thompson has a floater that he hits at a really impressive rate. As he's gotten stronger, he's becoming a lot more athletic and his body control has really improved. He's gotten a lot better as a passer, he values possessions and protects the ball, rarely turning it over, not an easy feat considering how many touches he gets per game. He's extremely efficient and everything he does is with a purpose. Everything about this kid screams winner; he's skilled, he competes every single time out and he clearly works hard given his nonstop improvement. Thompson completely checks out on and off the court. There's every reason to believe he's going to be a key part to a winning team at the college level At this stage, Thompson projects as a guy who should be an all-league type player by the time he's an upperclassman in Corvallis.
Breaking down Thompson's game
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