Thompson signs with Purdue

Purdue has its fifth addition to the program, with P.J. Thompson signing his letter of intent on Wednesday.

After years of waiting for Purdue's offer, Wednesday must have felt so sweet for P.J. Thompson. The Indianapolis point guard signed his national letter of intent, officially making him a Boilermaker.

Late in the recruiting game, coach Matt Painter saw Purdue's need to add a point guard, and Thompson was still on the market. It was a perfect match.

"He's someone who has been very successful, and I think, for us, his makeup as a person and a player is what attracted us to him since day one," Painter said.

Thompson, a standout a Brebeuf (Ind.) High School, will compete to be the Boilermakers' starting point guard, joining sophomore-to-be Bryson Scott in a position battle.

The addition of Thompson became key as Ronnie Johnson announced his transfer from the program just days after the commitment.

During the season, Painter said, is when Thompson became a higher priority, with Purdue's point guards struggling.

"He's a team guy," said Painter of Thompson. "That's something you look for in any player. He's going to come in, help the team and do whatever he can to help us win."

Purdue's 2014 class stands at five members, with Thompson joining guard Dakota Mathias, forwards Vince Edwards and Jacquil Taylor, and center Isaac Haas.

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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