Trevor Thompson’s father breaks down process

  • 04/07/2014 10:20 am in

As one of the top available transfers still on the board this spring, Indianapolis native Trevor Thompson is a priority for three Big Ten schools, including Indiana.

The Virginia Tech transfer averaged five points and 4.7 rebounds per game as a freshman and at close to 7-feet and 220 pounds, he’s viewed as a player who can make an impact beginning in the 2015-2016 season.

His father, Ryan, a former MLB outfielder who was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays and spent time with the Mets, Indians, Astros, Yankees, Marlins and Brewers, told Inside the Hall recently that a variety of factors went into his son’s decision to leave Blacksburg and pursue a new opportunity.

Among the factors mentioned were inconsistent playing time and being too far from home. Virginia Tech finished 9-22 and fired James Johnson at the end of the season, which made the decision to leave an even easier one.

“I want his college experience to be fun and enjoyable and I just didn’t sense that was happening for him,” he said. “And that’s an issue. It became really, really frustrating for the kid. I really wanted him to have fun and he didn’t.”

After receiving interest from numerous high major schools, Thompson is now focused on Indiana, Purdue and Ohio State.

All three schools are expected to receive visits, beginning with the Buckeyes this coming weekend when the NCAA dead period for recruiting ends. Indiana is second on the schedule for a visit, followed by Purdue.

“I told Tom Crean, Matt Painter and Thad Matta, it’s going to come down to how convincing they are as head coaches in getting Trevor to believe that this is the right system that he needs to play in,” Thompson said. “At the end of the day, it’s going to be the head coach that has an integral part in that process.”

Thompson, who graduated from Ben Davis in 2012 before doing a postgraduate season at St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy in Wisconsin, was rated the No. 189 recruit in the 247Composite in the 2013 class. He was recruited by Purdue originally, but the Boilermakers never offered a scholarship. Indiana and Ohio State were not involved in his recruitment the first time around.

Besides the relationship with the head coach, Ryan Thompson also mentioned academics — Trevor wants to major in communications —  and how he fits in with potential teammates as two other major factors.

Thompson knows current IU freshmen Collin Hartman and Devin Davis, who both played in the Eric Gordon All-Stars AAU program. He also knows incoming IU freshman James Blackmon Jr., who he’s spoken to “a few times,” according to Ryan Thompson.

“It’s going to come down to the head coach and the guys in that locker room,” Thompson said. “Trevor’s not a party kid. Trevor doesn’t have tattoos, he doesn’t have earrings, he’s not that type of kid.”

Indiana’s pitch to the family to this point has been about making Thompson a better player and ultimately helping him reach a dream of playing in the NBA.

“IU thinks Trevor can be a great college player and a great NBA player,” his father said. “They feel that they can get him to the next level. I know if he stays healthy and he’s in the right program, there’s no doubt he’s an NBA basketball player.

“He can play a little bit. And he’s getting nothing but better. I want him to understand that he’s got a lot of hard work ahead of him, but he’s got to be in the right situation.”

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  • Greg

    Last word I heard was Hammond’s was considering the NBA. I think that would be somewhat of a factor in the decision of TT .But the 7’2″ boy from Alabama will still be there next year.

  • Snookafly

    That would be a huge mistake on the part of Hammond’s, but players have done dumber things.

  • CreamandCrimson

    He is strongly considering it and sources on a Purdue blog I look at called Hammer and Rails (for schadenfreude purposes but the people who run it do a good job) say he is leaning towards going pro. He doesn’t know whether or not he will be a first-round pick but he says he definitely thinks he can play at that level. We shall see and if I were guessing, I’d say he’s gone. Greg is correct about the 7’2″ kid, a kid named Isaac Haas. He is apparently a rebounder/defender that is very weak offensively but obviously, has intriguing size and could turn into a good one.

  • chiv86

    UCONN was a different team that early in the season, can’t really compare us losing by 1 to UK losing by 6. They lost to UofL by like 30pts later in the season too. They got hot at the right time.

  • JetpackJunky

    Chipotle doesn’t have a corporate owner and McDonalds stopped even investing in them in 2006.

  • ForeverIU

    Okay, sorry! I hope they are really “free range” though. lol.

  • hoosierfan2336

    especially for a kid that said he isn’t really interested in basketball haha.

  • IUMIKE1

    Agree big concern, and that is assuming that PJ is able to pretty much go full tilt which, as we have already seen, isn’t a given by any stretch of the imagination. This is a piece of the puzzle that is often forgotten about or overlooked.

  • IUMIKE1

    They were all my second favorite teams that particular night !

  • IUMIKE1

    Would love it to death too, cause we all know that when the great slimy one flees the house, the fire has been started, it just hasn’t gotten to the point where everyone can see the flames.

    Criminalapari in LA playing the violin while he watches Lexington burn, now there’s a picture suitable for framing if ever I’ve seen one ! All of a sudden the entire pack of sister sleepers go from seeing him as the greatest thing since sliced bread and nickel beer to lower than the lowest form of life.

  • IUMIKE1

    I”m assuming that most of their idiot fans, (wait a minute calling them fans is doing a real disservice to every other person who follows and supports their team. Let’s just call it for what it is a large number of idiots that take turns sharing one partially active brain cell), are under the impression that they won since there were 17 couches and a house burned and a person wandered onto the tracks to get hit by an approaching train !

  • marcusgresham

    2-3 zone (possibly a 1-3-1 here and there, too,) and rabid, trapping VCU/Louisville/old Arkansas-style press

  • marcusgresham

    Jurkin, Mosquera-Perea, Davis, Williams, Robinson, Farrell, Blackmon, Hoetzel, Johnson. That’s nine (unless you weren’t counting Jurkin.)

  • marcusgresham

    Remember when he had a different name and we were all upset because IU didn’t get him?

  • marcusgresham

    Moses went to Georgetown and parted the bench

  • marcusgresham

    Good news for him is, if he wants any ink, he gets it free in Columbus

  • marcusgresham

    Hell, at this stage I’d take Ben Allen.

  • marcusgresham

    Auburn’s going to become a player in the grand scheme with Bruce Pearl there. I know he did some dumb stuff, but, as a USI grad I’ll always hav a soft spot for Bruce.

  • Erik Holm

    Sounds like a good get. A big guy or 2 that have to sit out a year wouldn’t be killer. Our young back court will be top notch in 2 years. At least the bigs can practice with us and be ready for 2015.

  • Gregory Spera

    Imagine how SMU must feel. They beat UConn TWICE!

  • Alford Bailey

    Yea I check out Hammer and Rails too. I know a little about Haas as my step mother teaches in the school district. He is a project for sure offensively but has potential.

  • HoosierGrampy

    A Saluki, hum! Bruce will do well at Auburn as long as he doesn’t have any cookouts at his home…EVER. Dude was about to put UT back into relevance in the SEC. I’d have loved to see that happen since I hate UK.

  • Eric Dyer

    He’s seven foot tall he would be a great fit with Williams hmp Ferrell and blackmon add in Max and bam! Beat that team… Williams jumps over players inside he was probably the most unnoticed freshmen this year really

  • Dagwoods

    Sounds like a high character guy. Won’t help us next year though, he’ll have to sit out a year.

  • Oleman, I was thinking the same thing.. I mean his dad outlined the process, for what it’s worth, but Thad snatched that other guy from us.. wish we were getting our shot first. Not sure what Matta’s telling these kids, but its selling pretty well.

  • marcusgresham

    No, a Screaming Eagle. USI (Southern Indiana,) not SIU.

  • HoosierGrampy

    1000 pardons! My bad.

  • JD

    Indiana and Purdue blew this past season so his chance at playing time would appear much better at those two schools when he is eligible. Go Bucks.