Vienna (Ill.) High School's Brett Thompson, the No. 108 prospect in the Rivals150, had the growing interest of a number of schools, but a new coaching staff from a nearby school sealed the deal with the 6-foot-11, 255-pound center.
"St. Louis is the route that Brett is going to take," said Vienna head coach Rick Metcalf. "I didn't think it was going to be this fast, but he hurt his ankle at the last tournament and I think it made him want to go ahead and settle on a school."
Formerly a member of the St. Louis Eagles travel squad, Thompson has played well with the Illinois Warriors this spring.
"Brett is playing the best he has ever played, and he's only getting better and better. Coaches have told me he is the most skilled big man in the tri-states area."
Upwards to 12 schools already had offered Thompson, but it came down to St. Louis, Alabama, Iowa State and Indiana before he settled on Rick Majerus and the Billikens.
"Brett really likes Coach Majerus, but Assistant Coach Porter Moser was the key to everything," said Metcalf. "Brett grew really close to Porter while he was being recruited by Illinois State before Porter went to St. Louis. When Brett visited St. Louis on Wednesday, he knew he wanted to be there."
Brett Thompson scouting report:
A highly skilled post player, Thompson not only can score with his back to the basket, but he is also comfortable handling the ball in the back court and playing facing the basket. Not overly athletic, Thompson's body is gaining muscle as he also has improved at running the floor.