Four-star PG Aaron Thompson commits Butler

Butler added their fifth commitment and second four-star recruit of the 2017 class on Tuesday, as Aaron Thompson opted for the Bulldogs.

Four-star recruit Aaron Thompson verbally committed to Butler, Chris Holtmann on Tuesday, he told Scout. 

"I think me and coach Holtmann, we hit it off when I went out there," Thompson said. "Me and my family thought it was a good situation for me basketball wise and academic wise. If I get my degree from there, it can open doors for me. I feel like they make it to the tournament every year and with the recruiting class coming it could be special class." 

Thompson recently became one of the top available prospects, after backing out of a Letter of Intent to Pittsburgh on April 21st.

Thompson, a 6-foot-3, 175-pound point guard, took an official visit to Butler last Thursday. He picked the Bulldogs over VCU, who he visited this past weekend. 

"I think it was more of a family decision," he said. "It's kind of where I feel comfortable and I know they feel comfortable."

There's an opportunity to get early playing time at Butler and that played a role in his decision making. 

"I think it factors into it a lot," Thompson said. "I think there is a clear path to playing time at Butler. I feel like that would help me in a great way to play early and get some experience."

Thompson had an impressive high school career playing at Fairfax (Va.) Paul VI, where he averaged 10.9 points a game as a was named to the Washington Post's All-Met First Team. Thompson played for Team Takeover on the EYBL circuit. 

Thompson ranks as the No. 27 overall point guard in the 2017 recruiting class. 

"I can lead the team even as a freshman," Thompson said when asked how he could help them. "I have good leadership skills. On the defensive end me and Kamar [Baldwin] can create some choas. He's a great defender and gets steal and we can run in transition."

With the addition of Thompson, Holtmann has five recruits headed his way in 2017. Thompson joins a class that also includes four-star forward Kyle Young, as well as three-star recruits David Christian, Cooper Neese and Jerald Butler. 

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