Four-star forward Race Thompson talks IU offer

  • 05/16/2017 8:00 am in

MINNEAPOLIS – Four-star class of 2018 forward Race Thompson continued his strong stretch of AAU play this past weekend, helping lead D1 Minnesota to a record of 3-1 at the Battle at the Lakes.

Throughout the three-day event, Thompson displayed the attributes; solid handles, strength, court vision, and an effective mid-range fadeaway, that have led to him receiving serious interest from elite Power Five schools.

“(I’m) able to be versatile depending on the player that’s guarding me and play my game off that,” Thompson told Inside the Hall on Friday evening after an 82-51 win over Greenwood Elite. “Going inside, outside, being able to handle the ball on the fast break. Those are probably my main strengths.”

When Inside the Hall spoke to Thompson last month, he had been in minimal contact with Indiana. Since then, Thompson has earned a scholarship offer and has become increasingly familiar with the program.

Thompson said he talks to the IU staff via phone two-to-three times a week, and texts assistant Tom Ostrom, who is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, “almost every day.”

“We’ve got a lot to talk about. He’s from Minnesota, I’m from Minnesota,” Thompson said of Ostrom. “We talk about pretty much everything.”

Thompson said he’s intrigued by the program’s culture and tradition, and wouldn’t have to change his game too much to fit into what Miller wants to build in Bloomington.

“They have probably one of the best colleges in the nation, one of the best fanbases,” Thompson said. “Up there at the top in pretty much every category.”

Besides Indiana, Thompson says he’s also in contact with Minnesota, Iowa State, Baylor, Marquette, Providence, Michigan and Michigan State.

Through two adidas Gauntlet sessions, Thompson is averaging 14.4 points and 6.9 rebounds per game.

While he doesn’t have a firm timeline for a decision, Thompson is looking to make a decision between the end of the AAU season and the start of his senior season at Robbinsdale Armstrong High School.

“I’m kind of taking it day by day,” Thompson said. “I will most likely commit by my next high school basketball season.”

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  • KyleM13

    Please say that everyone saw the first pass fake that made the kid turn all the way around in the highlight video…

  • N71

    Saw that. He’s listed at 6’8″ 200 but looks like 220 or so in the video, people just bouncing off of him. Put him in a good weight/strength program and holy cow…brute.

  • TomJameson

    Pretty good handles, good vision, good footwork … all as a Junior. You have to think that by the end of his Senior year he might increase his skills, AND grow another inch or two. Come on growth plates! 🙂

  • HoosierHeel

    With the lack of front court depth in this class, landing a kid like this would be a huge win for us! I could see UM, as the up and coming home town school, and MSU, because of Izzo, being heavy competition for us, but we’ll have plenty of playing time to offer, and some of the best coaching he could possibly receive if he chooses Indiana.