Alex Thompson, who transferred from Gilbert, IA to Ames last season, had to sit out half of his sophomore season because of the Iowa High School Athletic Associations rule concerning transfers. However, once able to play during the second semester, Thompson finished his sophomore season averaging just over eight points per game.
Thompson had a productive summer leading into his junior season, as he played on the 16 and under Martin Brothers team. This enabled Thompson to show college coaches first hand the potential that he possesses as a forward who has guard skills. Other than the Hawkeyes, Kansas, Wisconsin, Iowa State Minnesota, Nebraska and Kansas State all have shown interest in the combo forward.
Since the end of the summer, Thompson has taken unofficial visits to all of those schools except Minnesota and Kansas State, and as of right now only the two in state schools here in Iowa have offered a scholarship to the junior.
HTO.com caught up with Thompson during his visit and talked to him about his recruiting. "I'm really looking for a school that has strong academics and is successful on the court," Thompson said. "As well as a coaching staff that can help me take my game as far as I can."
Thompson also had some good thoughts about the Hawkeyes and where their basketball program is headed in the future. "Iowa's shown they're going to have a good future with the recruiting classes that they are bringing in, with the current one with Jeff (Horner) and Greg (Brunner), as well as the class that will be in next season," Thompson stated. "Right now my recruiting is wide open, I'm just looking at all the schools who are recruiting me, and eventually I would like to make a decision in the spring following my junior season."
Thompson played along side current Hawkeye walk-on freshman guard Chris Warren last season for the Cyclones.