One of the West Coast’s top 2017 prospects has set up his first official visit.
With Ethan’s father, Stephen Thompson, Sr., at Oregon State as an assistant and brother, Stephen Thompson, Jr., a rising sophomore on the Beavers, there’s plenty of familiarity between the four-star prospect and Wayne Tinkle’s program.
“They have a great coaching staff and great players to be around,” Thompson said. “I see myself fitting in there. I think it’s a great opportunity with my dad there because he would be there for me as a coach and a dad.”
Thompson broke down what he likes about the other three schools he may visit as well.
Stanford: “It’s a great academic school and that will play a big role in my decision. They have a new coaching staff and they seem pretty nice. They want me to go there either late August or early September.”
Syracuse: “They’ve been calling me and want me to get out there to east. They have a great coaching staff and legacy and obviously my dad went there so I could follow in his footsteps. They want me to get there soon but I haven’t had the chance yet.”
USC: “They’ve been talking to me and they’re close to home which would be nice. It’s a great coaching staff, atmosphere and I like the way they play.”
Thompson, who hopes to make a decision before high school season, said that even though Oregon State is assumed to be the leader, there are others in serious contention.
“Syracuse and Stanford are in the conversation with Oregon State and with USC I want to see if it would be a good fit since it’s so close,” he said.