Michael Thompson is Ready For The Challenge

Canyon Springs PG Michael Thompson (Las Vegas, NV) committed to Boise State last month following his official visit to campus. Head Coach Leon Rice is taking advantage of the success on the football field as Boise State hosted numerous basketball recruits on the weekend of the Oregon State game. What made Thompson commit to Boise State? He spoke to BroncoCountry.com about just that.

Canyon Springs PG Michael Thompson (Las Vegas, NV) committed to Boise State last month following his official visit to campus. Head Coach Leon Rice is taking advantage of the success on the football field as Boise State hosted numerous basketball recruits on the weekend of the Oregon State game. What made Thompson commit to Boise State? "It's close to my family and I'll have a chance to make them a winning program," he said. "I'm hoping to have a good four years in the Mountain West," he added.

The new system on offense will definitely bring some excitement to the program. Bronco fans can expect to see an up-tempo offense and Thompson believes that system is the perfect fit for him. "Me and Coach Rice connected when we first met. I knew right away that I'd be able to play for him since he runs a fast-paced offense," he stated. "I like the way he coaches and runs his team. He's a cool guy to be around."

Thompson (6'3, 180) received the offer from Boise State in August right after the last AAU Tournament of the summer. An official visit to see the program up close and personal was set-up shortly after that. "I was up there for the football game. It was beautiful seeing all the fans and how much they support their football team and basketball team too," he said. "The important thing was getting to know the coaching staff, meeting the players, visiting the dorms, and just getting a feel for college life. It was a lot of fun."

The opportunity to play right away and to help build a championship program were the main selling points for Michael Thompson. "I'm ready for the challenge," Thompson said. "I feel like this class is going to be the future for Boise State. We'll have a chance to lead Boise State and become a championship-caliber team."

In 2009, the Pioneers made it all the way to the state championship game before falling to Bishop Gorman. Thompson was a major contributor on that team as he averaged 19 points and 5 rebounds per game. In 2010, they hope to seal the deal and bring a state championship home to Canyon Springs. "We lost four seniors and everyone else is back," he said. "We've been told we're one of the teams to beat so we're going to use that as motivation to hopefully win a state championship."

What does Michael Thompson bring to the Bronco basketball program? "I see myself as a scorer that can penetrate to the basket and dish it to open teammates," he said. "Now I'm working on my jump shot too since most think I can only penetrate," he added.

BroncoCountry.com will continue to have updates on Michael Thompson.

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