Three-star prospect Deon Thompson had a crowd of west coast coaches watching him play at the loaded and busy Kingwood Classic a couple of weeks ago. Since that event, four different Pac-10 schools came by Torrance (Calif.) High School to visit with the 6-foot-8, 250-pound power forward, who plays with for the Branch West AAU club.
"Coaches from Arizona State, Oregon, USC and Oregon State have been by to see me lately," said Thompson. "Gonzaga, Pepperdine, Washington, Utah, San Diego State and Loyola Marymount have also been by to see me at one time or another."
Thompson, who has a wide body and knows how to use it to gain position down low, averaged 20 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks per game during his junior season. He is surprisingly mobile for his size and has good hands and a very nice touch around the basket.
He his limited in his vertical jump, however, and that is an area of his game along with the ability to finish with his left hand that he is working hard to improve.
With one unofficial visit to USC under his belt, Thompson is now trying to determine who he would want to officially visit.
"My high school coach and I are talking about scheduling some official visits," he said. "I took an unofficial visit to USC last month and enjoyed it a lot. It is a very nice school."
Thompson definitely knows he would like to get on the court early in his career, but he is not so sure if he wants to play close to home or away from home.
"I'm looking for playing time as a freshman," he said. "In a way, I'd like to stay close to home, but I also wouldn't mind getting away and seeing other things."