Thompson talks commitment
On Tuesday, 6-foot-3, 160-pound Torrance (Calif.) Bishop Montgomery shooting guard Stephen Thompson, Jr. committed to Oregon State, joining his father, who is an assistant, in Corvallis. Scout.com's 64th ranked prospect in 2015, Thompson gives Oregon State a talented shooter who is efficient and energetic on both sides of the court. "I couldn't pass up the opportunity to play for my dad and I felt really comfortable with the whole coaching staff," Thompson, Jr. told Scout.com. "I wanted to be a part of something special and turning the program around." Thompson joins a very talented class in Corvallis, as fellow Top 100 prospects Tres Tinkle and Drew Eubanks are also committed, as well as a high upside point guard in Derrick Bruce. "That played into it," Thompson said. "We all wanted to be a part of something special and we all got along well." When Oregon State hired Wayne Tinkle to be its new men's basketball coach, one of his first moves was bringing longtime coach Stephen Thompson, Sr. to join him on the Beavers staff. That move obviously played a big part in Thompson, Jr's decision. "He played a big role," Thompson, Jr. said of his father. "That's something we always talked about." *Evan Daniels and Josh Gershon contributed to this report.
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