Purdue feels Thompson can fill its voids

Purdue offered senior point guard P.J. Thompson on Monday night, just one day after his visit in West Lafayette. Could a decision be coming soon?

Back in eighth grade, P.J. Thompson received his first recruiting interest, coming from Purdue. More than four years later, it finally led to a scholarship offer.

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."

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Northwestern Wildcats, and currently covers the Purdue Boilermakers. A Chicago native, he resides in West Lafayette.
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