Interest picking up for Thompson

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Gardena (Calif.) Bishop Montgomery shooting guard Stephen Thompson has had a highly productive travel season to date playing for Superior Athletes. This past weekend at the Rose City Showcase, the four-star prospect averaged more than 20 points per game playing against some of the top travel teams on the West Coast.
It's that type of production that has some of the top college basketball programs in the region heavily recruiting Thompson.
"San Diego State, Arizona State, Stanford, Gonzaga, Boston College, USC, California and Connecticut are the main ones I've talked to lately," Thompson said.
Thompson recently made the six-hour drive north to visit Stanford.
"I took an unofficial visit to Stanford in April. It went pretty well. I liked it up there. They have a really nice campus. The coaching staff is nice. They made a good run this past season."
The 6-foot-3 shooting guard also made the short trip over to the University of Southern California not too long ago to get a closer look at the Trojans program.
"I went to USC a while ago too. I liked it as well. The coaching staff there is nice. I get along with them really well. Coach [Andy] Enfield is very friendly and energetic about what he does."
While he's yet to see Arizona State's campus, the Sun Devils have a made a strong impression on Thompson.
"I like Arizona State a lot. I haven't been out there on a visit yet, but I'm looking forward to getting out there pretty soon. I talk to Coach [Stan] Johnson and Coach [Herb] Sendek a lot. I like them. They came over to the house for a home visit in April and it went well."
Thompson made the trip to San Diego State in January to take in a game. The Aztec coaching staff returned the favor in April and visited with Thompson and his family at their home during the contact period.
"I really like San Diego State too. Most of their coaching staff came over for a home visit too. We had a good time. They have been talking about how sometimes they get overlooked with academics, but they are getting better and better. With more and more people applying there, they are taking better students."
With his junior year behind him and his senior year rapidly approaching, Thompson has a plan for how his recruitment will play out in the upcoming months.
"I'm still open to all schools. I'm looking at cutting my list down soon here, probably after July. I'll probably take all my official visits and then decide in November."
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