Race Thompson set to arrive in Bloomington next week

  • 08/12/2017 9:30 pm in

Robbinsdale Armstrong (Minn.) forward Race Thompson will arrive in Bloomington early next week after completing four summer classes, he told Inside the Hall on Saturday.

“I’m graduated. I’m done (with high school),” Thompson said in a phone interview. “I’ve got my grades back and everything, I just don’t have my diploma yet.”

Thompson says he was officially accepted into IU a few days ago and will arrive in Bloomington on Tuesday night. He signed paperwork to join the program recently and expects to practice with the team soon after he arrives.

Thompson finished up his AAU playing career in late July with D1 Minnesota at the Adidas Summer Championships in Las Vegas.

Over seven games, Thompson averaged 10.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists, helping lead his team to a 5-2 record. Thompson spent significant time on the floor with five-star 2019 forward Matthew Hurt, who is being recruited by IU.

“It definitely was (emotional), knowing that I’ll never be able to play with them again,” Thompson said. “Really, I’d just (play) against them, unless Matt comes to Indiana, hopefully. It was sad, but we all knew it was coming. Whether we won the tournament or not, it was going to be sad.”

The incoming redshirt freshman has played through several injuries this summer. He said he still isn’t at 100 percent, but his health is improving.

“My knee is a little sore still, so that’s something I’ve got to figure out when I get down (to Bloomington),” Thompson said. “Everything else is pretty good. My toe doesn’t hurt anymore.”

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  • Arch Puddington

    This is a smart kid with a good plan.

  • He’ll have a full year to get 100% healthy, and to learn how to play at this level. He’ll be a hugely important part of the 2018-19 roster, while helping out next season. I love it when things come together like this.

  • marcusgresham

    Get healthy, learn to play at this level…..and bulk up.

  • Right. A year with Coach Marshall…

  • AndyCapp

    Love that he will be able to learn from Colin for a full year and see how important communication and really good floor leadership is to a team in critical situations. Having the same number of years of eligibility as our new recruits coming in 2018, but with a full year of strength training and learning the system under his belt, he is likely to be a key piece going forward and a leader in that class.

  • iugradmark

    I try not to read too much in things but I have wondered if he has a bit of an injury that may need attending to. He has mentioned many times that he was hurting and sat out a lot towards the end of the summer leagues. I hope I am wrong because I would really like to see him practicing and working out to maximize this redshirt year.

  • He actually clarifies all of this, at the end of the story.

  • iugradmark

    ?? I need to sort it out…Statement?

  • I think you’re entirely correct and that you’re not reading too much into anything: I think he _does_ have a bit of an injury that needs attending. That’s what he says: “My knee is a little sore still, so that’s something I’ve got to figure out when I get down (to Bloomington),” Thompson said. “Everything else is pretty good. My toe doesn’t hurt anymore.”

    I don’t gather that his health is the reason for the redshirt year, but maybe it contributed to his decision. And it doesn’t sound like anything that will limit him over the course of his entire redshirt season, but that he’ll nevertheless benefit from some time to heal.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    I think it is wonderful he is playing for IU. Enjoy your IU career Race Thompson.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Arch! Is it IU basketball season yet?

  • Arch Puddington

    Don’t we wish!

  • VOXAC30

    Alright Big Fella welcome to HOOSIER NATION enjoy your redshirt year get all healed up. Super Glad to have you!

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Vox! Is it IU basketball season yet?

  • VOXAC30

    It cannot come soon enough…