Thompson Jr. Taking Things Slow

Stephen Thompson Jr. is starting to hear from more and more schools as his game continues to develop. He gives the latest on his recruitment, as well as his thoughts on potentially following his dad's footsteps to Syracuse inside.

Stevie Thompson was one of the most athletic players to come through Syracuse. His son, Stephen Thompson Jr. is a 2015 prospect that is starting to gain interest as his game improves.

"I have offers from Gonzaga and UNLV," Thompson Jr. said. "Boston College is also showing the most interest. Gonzaga is probably coming at me the hardest. Coach Donnie Daniels is recruiting me. He tells me that he's really interested in me and I fit in with the way they play."

Thompson Jr. is in a favorable position with his father having gone through the process himself. He says his father has given him advice on how to handle his recruitment.

"He's talked to me a little bit about it," Thompson Jr. admitted. "He's starting to talk to me more and more about it. He's said that I need to take my time and make sure I make the right decision. To see what it is I want in a school as well."

Another school that has shown interest is Syracuse. Assistant Coach Mike Hopkins has talked to both Thompson Jr. and his father, though they have not offered yet.

"He's not trying to force it or anything but he said if I like I could go there," Thompson Jr. recalled. "He's talked to me about his playing days a lot. Coach Boeheim likes to play guys that play defense first and things like that.

"Of course I'd be interested. I'd love to go there. Location doesn't really matter. Anywhere in the country, it doesn't really matter to me. I like to play up-tempo offense like Syracuse. In the zone, I think I could use my length to get into passing lanes."

Regarding the right fit, the talented Torrance (CA) Bishop Montgomery High product knows what he is looking for in a potential landing spot.

"The school has to have a good academic program as well as a good athletics program," Thompson Jr. described. "Academics always came first in my family."

Thompson Jr. added he has no time frame for his decision this early in the process.

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