Video: One-on-one with IU commit Race Thompson

  • 07/22/2017 9:43 pm in

MINNEAPOLIS – Race Thompson became the first player to commit to Indiana in the Archie Miller era when he pledged to the Hoosiers on Sunday evening following the first July evaluation period.

Thompson is sitting out this weekend as his D1 Minnesota team participates in the adidas Prospect Series. Indiana associate head coach Tom Ostrom was at the event on Saturday watching D1 Minnesota, which also features five-star prospect Matthew Hurt.

Inside the Hall sat down with Thompson in Minnesota on Saturday to discuss his commitment, his decision to enroll early and redshirt and much more:

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  • IU Cal 1809

    This kid is going to be a fan favorite!!! IU hasn’t had a kid like this Moya but with more skill.

  • TomJameson

    Good head on his shoulders for sure. Trying to do the right thing with the redshirt year, that shows his maturity. I like the way he’s on Hurt as well … not being pushy, supporting his friend, but still keeping IU in front of him.

    Yeah IU Cal, I also think Race is going to become a fan favorite. Just think of what the fans can do with his name. lol

  • Outoftheloop

    I like it, a 6’8-9 Moya! Race is a very solid young man. We will love him!

  • bball at nick’s

    If you want Hurt to come to IU, then don’t get our other recruits to recruit him. It will have the opposite effect. Either that or they end up coming for the wrong reasons.

  • marcusgresham

    Why do you say that? I understand that you want the kid to be sold on the coach and the school itself. I also think if I were in the position to be recruited one of the things I would factor into my decision would be “who else will be there? Do I like them?” These guys are going to become lifelong friends. To not take that into account seems short-sighted.

  • bball at nick’s

    I’m basing on “informal data”. Give me examples where this sort of lobbying between players has worked, and that it results in healthy recruitment, especially when it is made public. I understand that it shows respect from the recruits who want to convince their friends, and I’m not doubting their good intentions or enthusiasm. Regarding your comment about lifelong friendships … one can argue that you gain more from making new friends and extending your circle. It’s sort of like the romance of the high school sweetheart; the relationship rarely survives the dreamy little world of adolescence, LOL.

  • TomJameson

    I would think that if you require analytical data of where recruiting efforts between friends works, you might also require analytical data of where it did not. But for one example of “informal data”, Etherington helped land Zeller.

  • VOXAC30

    I don’t care a lot about the connection with Hurt I’m sure it can help but Race is the kid I wanted from the beginning so I am very excited about this young man. It is funny you see the interview and they just want the opportunity to play. Academia is important but with top ? guys they want to play. They spend their entire lives preparing to play at a high-level school like Indiana. Amount of work these kids put in is unbelievable!

  • bball at nick’s

    Remember Shake Milton?

  • iugradmark

    This young man is a breath of fresh air. He is a top 100 rated player with many good programs pursuing him. His response is to say he is not ready for major league competition and sets himself up to get better by redshirting and talking about the desire to work with the trainers. Very mature. He could be another player that we don’t recognize when he finally gets to play.