Thompson Enjoys Atmosphere in Ann Arbor

Santa Margarita, CA SG Klay Thompson received the red carpet treatment when he arrived in Ann Arbor for his official visit last weekend. The versatile 6-5 athlete was extremely impressed with the presentation, both athletically and academically.

“Man that breakfast was good,” Klay Thompson said recalling the early morning meals he ate on his visit. “Me and Coach Beilein got a chance to just talk. A lot of it was just general conversation, but I enjoyed it. I met with the academic advisor Shari Acho. She told me that I would have an enjoyable four years at Michigan. I also met with admissions director Ted Spencer. He talked to me about how Michigan is a family and how they have the largest number of alumni in the world.”

When the talk turned exclusively to basketball, Thompson got a feel for Beilein’s system and coaching style. He had the opportunity to see the new Wolverine headman in action during 4-man drills and got his questions about player development answered in a big way.

“I was impressed with Coach Beilein and his individual workouts,” said Thompson. “I thought the drills were unique. Coach showed them how to get your shot off quicker and how to shoot off the dribble. Those were things that I enjoyed watching.”

When the time came to interact with the players, Thompson vibed with the Wolverine crew, both on and off the court.

“Me and Kelvin got along real well,” Thompson said regarding Michigan freshman PG Kelvin Grady. “I also hung around Manny Harris and DeShawn Sims. Those are some cool guys. Me and Manny were playing against each other and we had a good time.”

Harris and Thompson both epitomize versatility and they made it a point to really go at one another. Thompson gave Harris the nod for coming out on top in their early battles, citing the star freshman’s two drives to the basket, one of which resulted in a dunk. Thompson tried to respond with a drive of his own, but slipped. Jevohn Shepherd offered to switch opponents with the coveted recruit, but the son of former Laker standout Mychal Thompson refused. He stepped up and stopped Harris on his next dribble drive by blocking the shot attempt. He then came down on the other end and hoisted a deep three.

The entire trip was summed up in just a few words. “The atmosphere was really good,” Thompson said.

How good remains to be seen. Notre Dame is right in the thick of things as well and continues to turn of the heat in his recruitment. The Fighting Irish made it out to the Golden State on Wednesday, but the Wolverines were not to be outdone. They too ventured out to Cali on hump-day to check in on the talented youngster.

Stay tuned to GoBlueWolverine for word on what Thompson plans to do next.


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