Syracuse basketball offer "felt amazing" for Ethan Thompson

Class of 2017 four-star shooting guard Ethan Thompson discusses his recent offer from Syracuse.

You have to wonder if a recent phone call made Syracuse basketball head coach Jim Boeheim feel old. Twenty-six years after Stevie Thompson exhausted his eligibility within the program, Boeheim spoke with Thompson's son, 2017 four-star shooting guard Ethan Thompson

Thompson was offered by the Orange Monday evening. 

"I first talked to coach Hopkins," he said. "He was saying how the other (coaches) enjoyed watching me play and he told me they would like to offer me and get me on campus sometime soon. 

"Then I called coach Boeheim and he was saying the same things. (He was) joking around about me breaking my dad's records and all that."

Having someone that was a hall-of-fame coach extend an offer was meaningful for the 6-foot-5 guard, especially since it was the same man who coached his father. 

"It felt amazing," Thompson said. "It is a blessing to be able to have the opportunity to walk in my dad's shoes under my dad's coach."

Boeheim and Syracuse will have stiff competition if they want to lure Thompson across the country to play in Central New York. Oregon State, Cal, USC and Utah have all offered. Oregon State is where his father currently coaches and his brother currently plays. 

"I'm very interested in Syracuse," the four-star talent said. "I think it will be a great experience. As a dad, he is leaving it completely up to me and I know he will support me no matter what. As a coach, he might have mixed feelings."

There is currently no visit scheduled for Thompson to check out Syracuse in person, and it may have to wait until the summer. With school and the EYBL, his schedule is jam packed. One thing is for sure, however. He does plan on visiting. 

Thompson says he has no favorites, but said all the schools that offered are recruiting him hard. He is also hearing from Stanford and UCLA, among others. So where does Syracuse stand in that mix?

"No favorites right now," Thompson said. "But Syracuse is close to or at the top of the list."

Thompson is known as a strong outside shooter and natural scorer with high basketball IQ.

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