Thompson Scheduling More Visits

Deon Thompson has several official visits scheduled. Gonzaga, UConn, North Carolina and Kentucky have dates set for the talented big man...

Deon Thompson, 6-8 SR C Torrance (Calif.) High, is in the process of finalizing his plans for the official visits he'll take over the next couple months. We spoke with George Tachibana, Thompson's coach at Torrance High, this afternoon about Thompson's schedule.

"We sat down today to go over the visits," said Tachibana. "Deon is going to take an all-day unofficial visit tomorrow (Thursday) to UCLA. He'll go to Gonzaga on September 9th, then UConn on September 17th, North Carolina on September 30th and to Kentucky for Midnight Madness on October 15th.

Tachibana said a fifth official visit is still up in the air.

"Deon is going to sit down this weekend and figure out that last visit," said Tachibana. "He might go to Arizona State or UCLA on the fifth visit. Wake Forest is also another possibility. With UCLA being so close, the plan right now is to go there a few times unofficially and get to know the players and coaches."

We asked Tachibana what he thought the major factors would be for Thompson in choosing a school.

"A big issue is just how loaded they are at the post position," said Tachibana. "UCLA, for example, has recruited very well lately. They have Aboya and Wright coming in this year, James Keefe next year and Mata was a freshman this year. Arizona State, on the other hand, hasn't done quite as well recruiting big men. So that's something he's looking at. He'd like to play early."

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