The Boilermakers desperately need what Thompson provides—smart play, great work ethic and leadership. That's the reasoning behind their offer.
"They feel I can be the missing piece to what they have," Thompson said. "They think I can come n and help A.J. Hammons out by spreading the floor, making the right decisions. My leadership, they feel that can be big. The little stuff that they're missing, they feel I can come in and be the missing piece to the puzzle of making a run to the NCAA Tournament."
Thompson, a three-star point guard from Indianapolis, also holds offers from Ball State, Indiana State, Miami, Ohio and Toledo. However, the offer from Purdue is a game-changer. It's a school that has consistently recruited him the longest, and one he has high interest in.
"I've had a great relationship with Coach [Matt] Painter and Coach [Jack] Owen since I was young," Thompson said. "This offer, it meant a lot. They've been pretty consistent in showing how badly they want me.
"It's great, I got a chance to get an offer form one of the best schools in Indiana. Great academics, a great basketball program, one of the best conferences you can play in. I was very happy to receive this offer."
After years of being recruited by Purdue, Thompson knows plenty about the Boilermakers. It's a school he holds great comfort with, and the feeling is bolstered by the new offer.
The next step for Thompson is mapping out his future, with a decision possible in the coming weeks. He's first speaking with his parents tonight and evaluating each option.
"Today has been a pretty good day with Purdue offering, with them being the school that's recruited me the hardest," Thompson said.
"It could be coming soon. We'll see how things go. … It definitely could be an opportunity that I might explore in the future. It might be coming soon."