Q & A: Race Thompson discusses Indiana commitment, reclassification plan

  • 07/16/2017 6:38 pm in

Indiana landed its first recruit of the Archie Miller era on Sunday night when Robbinsdale Armstrong (Minn.) forward Race Thompson committed to the Hoosiers.

Inside the Hall spoke with Thompson shortly after he made his decision public and our full Q & A is below:

On his decision to make his decision public on Sunday:

“I knew where I wanted to go, so just talking to my parents, my family and my brother, I decided that Indiana was the best fit for me overall of all of the schools that were recruiting me. That was the main thing. There was no reason to keep holding them off. That’s why I decided to do it today.”

On what convinced him that Indiana was the right place for him:

“It was just how fast we made a connection and the relationships I built with the coaches. Talking to the players when I was on the visit, it seems like this is where I should be. I felt like I was at home.”

On what stood out on his official visit in June:

“I learned what the campus life was like, the players and also just what Archie Miller and Tom Ostrom will bring to the table as a coaching staff. I learned about the offense and it’s just the perfect fit for me from a basketball standpoint and style of play.”

On Miller and Ostrom:

“They kept a steady relationship with me. They’re both really easy to talk to. They made the decision easy for me, pretty much. That’s something that was key.”

On whether he will move up to the class of 2017:

“I’m pretty sure I’m reclassifying and will be going to Bloomington in August. That’s what I’m thinking I’m doing.”

On when he’ll decide for sure on reclassification:

“I’ve got to finish up a few classes that I’m doing right now this summer and then I think that’s what I’m doing.”

On whether he’ll play the rest of July:

“I don’t think I’m going to play in Minneapolis (next weekend). But I’ll be playing in Vegas (at the adidas Summer Championships.).”

Note: In a subsequent message to Inside the Hall, Thompson said he plans to redshirt next season.

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  • Tim O’Nawbny

    Woo Hoo. 1.

  • IU track Alumni

    And he is willing to redshirt. That is huge respect for Coach Miller and staff. A kid his caliber could go and start right away at many other D1 teams. This is huge for recruiting on many levels.

  • Kelin Blab

    Really interested to see if he reclassifies to play this season…..I would assume so. Solid first recruit.

  • IUBizmark

    2017, 2018, I don’t care. I really wanted Race to come here and I’m stoked to have him. Welcome to IU Race Thompson!

  • jahluv33

    He is going to redshirt and get ready for 2018.

  • SCHoosier

    Hot damn! Maybe the little bumps and bruises he’s had lately made him focus a bit on more on immediate plans. Whatever..welcome Race!

  • Tim O’Nawbny

    I’m not doubting on Archie but a solid first recruit is certainly a relief. Happy.

  • calbert40

    I’m very excited about Race coming to IU. However, like many of you, I find the last minute reclassification and subsequent redshirt to be an interesting/unusual decision.

    All that makes sense to me is that he doesn’t enjoy HS. I can’t imagine giving up my senior year, even if it was to go to IU and play ball. The extra year of conditioning, strength training and practicing against Juwan, DD, etc will only make him better, but I still find it a little odd.

  • THRyan

    My thinking as well. That must have been some visit he took to forego his senior year and still have to sit and watch. But nonetheless, the strength training and familiarizing with the program will be huge. Either way, I’m glad he’s on board.

  • Yeah, but you know, these are kids with all sorts of different thought processes. I’m just assuming he sat down with the coaching staff and discussed what would be best for him and the program, and this is what popped out. And for a first real recruiting win for Archie, it’s a pretty huge one.

  • hardly

    happy to see this. imo this is what the flexibility of not oversigning scholarships gives a coach. they can bring RT in with a scholarship that was going to go unused, and he gets a year of practice/body development that he wouldn’t get in HS to hit the ground running in ’18. well played arch.

  • calbert40

    Agreed. It makes zero sense to me, but it also wasn’t my decision to make 🙂

    Regardless, I’m happy he’s aboard. I think we are all going to really like him.

  • dwdkc

    Fantastic news. I thought the Miller era got off to a great start when he convinced the entire team, except a guy who wasn’t competitive for minutes, to stick around–especially the incoming freshmen. But this is a solid win and the kid will be better prepared to contribute in 2018 coming off a redshirt than playing HS ball. For those who think it’s a bit strange–he gets a year of schoolwork under his belt and some kids are in a hurry–this is an unadulterated positive all the way around.

  • TomJameson

    Welcome Race!

    I trust that Archie and the coaching staff know what they are doing. Total faith. But if one leaves out the blind trust reasoning, and the “I trust Archie and whatever he decides is golden” card, there are some very solid pluses for Race to reclassify and redshirt for the 2017-18 season.

    ** First of all, he can. He’s going to Summer School to finish up some credits, but we know he’s in position to do so. Speaks to his scholastics.
    ** Race has basically lost most of this summer, so he’s behind all the 2017 recruits in that regard, so redshirting is a pretty good option.
    ** By redshirting, he can come along more steadily in the learning curve, practice with the team, work on his strength/body, get a jump on college classes, keep 4 years of eligibility, and get those growth plates working overtime.
    ** By his first playing season in 2018-19, he’s going to start off his 4-year career at IU with a huge advantage over the freshman in that class.

    So many plusses. Don’t really see any downside at all.

  • Craig Mitchell Ha’o.

    Aloha and Welcome to Race and the Thompson Family! Congratulations Coach and Staff as well. RSing in 17-18 and Developing nicely on the Court and Academically all makes great sense. But just having RT in the program and on campus allows Flexibility on that RS, should it warrant it.

    This young man and fellow Frosh Justin Smith are Strong confident young players. Sure..he missed some conditioning and group workouts, but n

  • TomJameson

    Just remember that reclassifying for the 2017-18 season at this point in time, a player would normally be behind almost the whole summer. Ask Freddie or De’Ron what a difference maker that is. It is an incredibly good move to reclassify, and then redshirt. Starting the 2018-19 season, Race will have a tremendous leg up on all the 2018-19 recruits. Pretty sure he will have an immediate impact on that season.

  • Craig Mitchell Ha’o.

    Amen on that Tom and Great thoughts. Agreed completely. Future certainly looks Bright vbg. Interesting to see the Recruiting momentum now that the ice has been broken and Miller has his First commit. More Good News coming…I believe.

  • IURob1997

    Everyone oversigns, let’s not forget IU was oversigned until all 3 guys went to the draft and Gelon transferred. Oversigning is not a bad thing as long as it’s done smartly.

  • IURob1997

    I agree. I see the top player in 2018 is considering reclassifying and coming to college this fall. That makes sense to get his year out of the way to get to the NBA but I agree it’s an interesting move to come in early to redshirt.

  • Vernon Aldrich

    Jerome Hunter just committed to IU…

  • AndyCapp

    Coach has stated in multiple interviews that he doesn’t believe in over-signing, he wants balanced sized classes even if that means saving schollys. That being said, I believe this is a HUGE get for recruiting momentum and a strategic homerun redshirting and saving him for 2018-2019. Nicely done coaches!

  • dwdkc

    I don’t know, if you’re a mature kid that is intellectually and emotionally ready for college, why wouldn’t you get going instead of staying in high school? He’s old enough that he likely was held back at some point early on (turned 18 recently). He gets to get acclimated, make progress on a degree, and learn by playing with bigger and better players for a year instead of same old same old in HS. I see nothing but positives in this.

  • AndyCapp

    No different, IMO, than someone who opts to go to an academy their senior year and boost their skills and stock so they can get more, better scholly offers. Like you I couldn’t imagine giving up my senior year but then, I was never in that position.

  • calbert40

    I see lots of positives from a basketball development standpoint. From an educational and personal standpoint, if I was his father, I don’t think I’d be too thrilled. There’s more to life than basketball, and a kid’s senior year of HS is a big deal…not just with basketball, but everything surrounding it.