UP NEXT 1.1: 2010 SG Dylan Thompson (Hoops)

In this edition of our "UP NEXT" series we bring you the basketball side for 2010 Boiling Springs High standout Dylan Thompson who has a D1 offer. As one of the Upstate's most versatile athletes Dylan Thompson is a name to get familiar with as he stars in both basketball and football. Stay tuned for part 2 of the story in which we'll talk about his football prowess and recruiting interest.

SCPrepNation.com continues to bring you the most talented players in the state and in this edition of our "UP NEXT" series we introduce you to Dylan Thompson the basketball player. Why do we put it that way? Because Thompson is a high major recruit for his work on the football field too. So in part 1 of our interview with Thompson we'll key in on his basketball talents as he's already holding a D1 scholarship offer.

Standing 6'4 200 pounds Dylan Thompson has a college ready frame and he excels at the shooting guard position. The 2010 prospect sat down with us to discuss all the developments regarding his hoops recruitment including his scholarship offer from Louisiana Tech. When asked if he had much knowledge of the Tech program he replied, "Yes sir, I actually know a decent amount about the program. They got a new coach last year and Karl Malone is now an assistant there. Also, Paul Millsap of the Utah Jazz played there in college too."

The coaching staff makes sure to stay in contact with Thompson on a regular basis as well as he says he receives 2 to 5 letters each week from the staff. There are other schools who are showing the 2010 SG prospect attention as well. "I've heard from Clemson, South Carolina, Tennessee, Furman, Wofford, High Point, and Louisiana Tech of course." Last year as a sophomore Thompson averaged 12.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game.

We asked Thompson to recall some of his most memorable performances and he offered the following. "My best game was against Mauldin. I had 21 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists. More importantly, we won. Also, against Spartanburg I had 17 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists while going up against Zycorrian Robinson aka "Z-Man", one of my close friends which was fun."

For now there are certain facets of Thompson's game that stand out moreso than others. We had our assessments of him but he offered his own. "My shooting, passing, and basketball IQ would have to be my strong points. I just do my best to help the team win everynight. My dad tells me to play every game like it's your last game and that is what I try to do." It turns out that the 2010 prospect has a good sense of his own skills and talent at this juncture in his career as we had an almost identical analysis. The one area of slight concern that we had seen was his ballhandling. The college level will require more work and Thompson says that he is working hard on improving that phase of his game as well as improving his conditioning. "Coming straight out of football into my first basketball game kind of set me back last year."

On the AAU circuit Thompson rolls with Topps Black which is an Adidas circuit team. "Things are going great. We still have tournaments in Cincinnati, Louisville, and Las Vegas." Although still early in the process Thompson has seen enough information to deliver an early top 5 list of schools. "My top 5 right now for basketball would be Louisiana Tech, Clemson, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Wofford. To be honest though I don't have a set number one right now." Dylan has already made unofficial visits to Clemson and South Carolina and talked about both in-state schools. "I love the atmosphere at Clemson along with the campus. I love the crowd at South Carolina but I'm not too familiar with the new coaches."

We talked about his sophomore season for the Bulldogs and Thompson had this to say. "We had a tough season last year. We were 10-13 and lost 7 games by 3 points or less." When looking ahead to next season Thompson has set some goals for his team and himself that he'd like to achieve. "I want to help my team win the region 2-AAAA championship. I want to make All-State and just go out and play as hard as I can every game."

There may be a couple of decisions for Thompson looming later on down the road. What sport will he choose to pursue on the next level and what factors will be most important to him when choosing a college destination? He thought for a while and responded, "My first love was basketball but now football is looking like it may be for me. I'm going to continue to pray about the decision and I think everything will work out for me. As for what I'm looking for in a school I would have to say education and atmosphere."

Dylan says he models his game after Adam Morrison. "I love his heart and effort."

SCPrepNation.com will have part 2 of our "UP NEXT" story about Dylan Thompson on Tuesday so stay tuned as we talk with him about the numerous high major D1 programs who are recruiting him as a quarterback. We will have updates on his AAU play with Topps Black as well so be sure to bookmark us as we're the #1 source for everything concerning the top basketball and football recruits in the state of South Carolina...SCPrepNation.com!

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