Duke In Top Four For 2009 SF

Hollis Thompson, the 6-6 wing from Los Angeles Loyola, who went from fairly unknown to being ranked the 17th best player in the national class of 2009, talked to us at the LeBron James Academy about how his recruitment has exploded in the last few months, and his early thoughts...

Hollis Thompson, the 6-6 junior wing from Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola, has seen his recruitment go from practically non-existent a few months ago to now, in July, coaches from elite high-major programs attending every one of his games to watch him.

"Yeah, it's fun," Thompson said. "But I don't pay that much attention when I'm playing."

Thompson said he has gotten serious interest from many schools and, among them, he likes UCLA, USC, Georgetown, Duke, North Carolina, Stanford, Texas, and others.

"USC has offered me," Thompson said. "There might be others that my coach hasn't told me about, though."

In fact, sources have indicated that Duke could potentially be offering Thompson soon.

When asked if he has some favorites on that list, Thompson said: "I don't really have a single favorite, but Georgetown, UCLA, Duke and North Carolina would be my top four. But I like a lot of schools. I'm still young and I'm taking my time right now."

Among those schools, he's been to the campuses of Georgetown, UCLA and USC.

In discussing factors in a potential decision, Thompson said he weighs his mom's opinion highly. And it's somewhat of a unique opinion, for a mom. "Personally I want to stay in Los Angeles, but my mom keeps telling me I need to go out and explore the world," Thompson said. "I'll probably end up doing what she wants to do. She wants me to go to Georgetown or Duke."

When asked why his mom prefers those two schools, Thompson said, "Because they're on the east coast, and they're really good academic schools. She's really big on academics."

So is her son, in fact. At Loyola there is an award given out to the four best students in every class, and Thompson, who says he has a 4.2 GPA, has received it after his freshman and sophomore years. "Yeah, I'm pretty proud of that," Thompson said.

As Thompson's recruitment has picked up, he's been enjoying the attention. He said he grew up a Duke fan, so when the Duke coaches called, he was impressed. "Coach K and Coach Wojo both contacted me. When Coach K called me I was just in awe. Coach Wojo had some records in the Duke record book so that was big when he called," Thompon said.

He also talked about being recently on UCLA's campus and their coaching staff: "I was at UCLA last week, for the first time ever, for their camp and it was great. They have a really nice campus. They also have a great coaching staff. They have Ben Howland, and (UCLA assistant) Scott Garson. They're really a good program."

Thompson talked about other factors that could go into his decision. He said: "I definitely think it's important to go to a program that can do well when I get there. Player-wise, I don't really care who I play with, as long as they're good people and it's a good program and a good coach. I think I'm an unselfish player, and I want to play somewhere that they're unselfish. I like to pass and get my teammates the opportunity to score. I've played the one, two and three, and in college I'd probably like to play the two."

In terms of a timetable for his decision, Thompson thought he wouldn't wait too long. "I'll probably get it done by sometime next summer," he said.


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