Thompson ready to make the rounds
Klay Thompson, a 6-foot-5, 185-pound wing from Santa Margarita (Calif.) High School, may have laid a little low on the national radar but he's off to take a number of visits and a fall decision to follow.
Thompson, the son of former NBA player Mychal Thompson, fit in well with the successful Pump 'N Run team on the grassroots trail this year and picked up offers and interest from a number of high-majors.
The long shooter showed off a good understanding of the game and impressed with his ability to play multiple positions in the backcourt. His play earned offers from the likes of Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, Minnesota, Washington State, Nevada and Michigan.
Thompson said he has a pair of visits planned for September. Notre Dame gets the first swing on Sept. 1 and Michigan is next on Sept. 8. Thompson said he will also visit Washington State and Vanderbilt in October. Colorado will likely get a visit in September. Thompson said he has been to Pepperdine and Nevada unofficially.
"Right now I really like Notre Dame and Nevada's programs a lot," Thompson said. "With Notre Dame, of course, I like coach Brey and I like the academic situation as well. Going to Nevada, there is a possibility of early, not necessarily starting, but playing early. And then there is the fact that they are an NCAA contender and go to the tournament every year."
Like all recruits, Thompson said he is hoping to find a place that fits him from all angles.
"I want to play for a good coaching staff and play at a school that has a really good basketball environment," Thompson said. "Good teammates, of course, and somewhere that I can succeed academically. I've learned that there is life after basketball. I want to do something that will help prepare for that."
With five visits in mind, Thompson said he isn't ruling out a possibility of making his decision before completing his official trips.
"Oh yeah. If a school makes a good enough impression, I might as well commit there if I love it enough," Thompson said.