Change in the air for Thompson

2015 three-star shooting guard Christion Thompson is making the move from Dutchtown to Madison Prep for his senior season. He discusses the transition, playing alongside Brandon Sampson and the latest on his recruitment with TSD's Ben Love.

It's been a busy six months for Christion Thompson.

The 2015 three-star shooting guard and his family moved from Gonzales into Baton Rouge in January, prompting a transfer from Dutchtown High School to Madison Prep. Thompson also hopped aboard with Nike Team Louisiana (EYBL) for his summer ball.

In the midst of all these adjustments, Thompson reflected on how he got to this point and shared his outlook on playing for Coach Jeff Jones and the Chargers next season.

"We moved, and it was a good opportunity with Coach Jeff," recalled Thompson. "I came here and Coach Jeff kinda took me in. I had been knowing him and knew his coaching style. I just liked how he coached, and I liked how Madison Prep played.

"It's an exciting, fast brand of basketball. There's a lot of freedom for the players as long as you get the job done and play defense. He lets ‘em play."

Thompson, 6-foot-3, 180 pounds, has added a more consistent jump shot to his arsenal of late, but the naturally physical player knows he'll have to be balanced.

"All the way up until last year I just used to slash to the goal. I couldn't shoot," Thompson said. "Last summer I started to turn more into a shooting guard. So I've been able to depend on my shot more, but I'll have to do both. It's important to stay aggressive and be physical."

On the recruiting front Thompson reports offers from Richmond, UAB, Houston, Louisiana Tech and Mississippi State. The player indicated he's also receiving interest from Vanderbilt, Texas A&M, Clemson and Western Kentucky.

He's in no hurry, however, to cull the herd or commit, singing a similar tune to new backcourt mate Brandon Sampson.

"I think I'll narrow my list down at the end of the summer or maybe right before the season starts," Thompson explained. "Then I'll sign during the late period because I want to see how many offers I can get during the season with Coach Jones. I know he'll get me where I need to go and help get me ranked."

So far all of the schools in on Thompson are recruiting him as a "one/two," a role he'll learn more about at Madison Prep, where Jones plans to rotate he and Sampson at the one and the two. According to Thompson, "picking up my point guard skills" looms as the biggest area of improvement in his game in the coming months.

But where he winds up on the floor will have little sway over which college Thompson chooses. His criteria rest elsewhere.

"I want to have a good relationship with the coach and for him to understand me and push me to my limits, but also I want a program where they get the job done and are a winning school," said Thompson. "I want to go to a good program."

When asked which relationships are sticking out to him at this point, Thompson had two in mind, with one bond currently a little stronger than the other.

"I'd say with Coach Rob [assistant Robert Ehsan] at UAB and definitely Coach George [assistant George Brooks] at Mississippi State. I'm pretty close to him. We talk just about every day. It's more like a friend relationship. He'll hit me up just when he's watching a game to see if I'm watching, stuff like that."

Thompson will pick back up tournament play in July, traveling to Las Vegas for Fab 48 and Georgia for Peach State.



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