Thompson Flashes Versatility

You don't see too many 6-7 point guards around, but in Houston over the weekend, Sam Thompson and his Mac Irvin Fire went 4-0 with Thompson at the point most of the time. Thompson is being recruited on the wing by most colleges, but with his ability to handle the ball, the interest may heat up even more as he shows his versatility in playing so many positions on the court.

With the great start from the Chicago based Mac Irvin Fire, Sam Thompson will undoubtedly be getting more and more interest from colleges. Already ranked in the top 50 nationally for the class of 2011 by Scout.com, Thompson is getting attention from several high major programs.

Fire head coach Mike Irvin is proud of his do everything player and was excited about how well Thompson did this past weekend.

"Sam did good," Irvin said earlier this week. "It was his first weekend back since the state championship game. He played point guard for us 80% of the time which he really hasn't done. It just shows you that he is one of the most versatile players in the country."

Thompson has a real feel for the game and his height is a big time bonus at the point because he is usually matched up with guys much smaller than he is. In reality, his versatility allows Irvin to use him in many different ways.

"He is an excellent passer and has good vision," Irvin said. "Being 6-7, he can see over the top of the defense. Two-guard is his main position but being able to play the one and the three and even slide down and being able to rebound and block shots at the four, it just shows his versatility."

Colleges are recruiting Thompson as a shooting guard or small forward. His athletic skills are what set him apart and add in a deadly shot and you have a big time player on your hands that will be coveted by many big time programs.

"I think he is probably one of the best two-guards in the country," Irvin said of Thompson. "He is probably the most athletic kid in the country. He probably has a 44 inch vertical and can do any dunk possible. He has a smooth jump shot and can get over the defender to get his shot. Being able to play at point guard is something new that people haven't seen until this weekend. Everyone is recruiting him at the two and three, but some colleges are now going to look at him as a backup (point).

His defensive game is superb. Irvin is proud of Thompson's defensive prowess and attributes it to his upbringing.

"He is a lock down defender," Irvin said. "He has so much range because he is long. He moves his feet and defensively he is just a Chicago player. Chicago players have always been tough and he is a true Chicago player.

"Defensively I think we could compare him to Corey Brewer. He is way ahead of Corey Brewer offensively (at this stage)."

The Florida Gators are recruiting Thompson and the thought of another Corey Brewer, with better shooting range, would make any Gator coach smile. Irvin says that Thompson is looking hard at the Gators. Florida head coach Billy Donovan has been working on Thompson and his family.

"He definitely has interest in Florida," Irvin said. "It is a national school and one of the top schools in the country. He and his family have had conversations with Coach Donovan and they like the relationship. Florida is definitely in there and one of his top schools."

As most basketball players of his ilk, Thompson isn't close to a decision yet. Getting through the AAU circuit this summer is the first task at hand.

"He isn't near the end of the decision process," Irvin said. "He wants to take the summer and after that sit down and talk it over with his family."


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