Arguably KU’s biggest target in the 2020 recruiting class has set a decision date.
Five-star combo guard Bryce Thompson will make his decision next Tuesday, Nov. 12 – the day before the early signing period begins and players can sign their letters of intent. Thompson will be deciding between Kansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and North Carolina.
Source: Five-star guard Bryce Thompson will announce his college decision next Tuesday, will visit two of his finalists beforehand https://t.co/KbiYO5Y5xi pic.twitter.com/lJjCT9wBiH
— Corey Evans (@coreyevans_10) November 5, 2019
Thompson, a 6-4 guard out of Tulsa, Okla. is ranked No. 19 overall in the Rivals150 class of 2020 and has long been a target for Bill Self. In fact, their connection goes back to Thompson’s father, Rod Thompson, who played for Self when he was the head coach of Tulsa.
Kansas currently has a 100 percent chance of landing Thompson’s services according to Rivals’ FutureCast predictions. The last 10 picks from Rivals recruiting analysts have all selected Kansas as the pick.
However, nothing is certain when it comes to high school recruiting. Thompson sent out an ambiguous tweet on Tuesday – most likely in reference to five-star guard Cade Cunningham’s announcement that he has committed to Oklahoma State – which could indicate that Oklahoma State has become a bigger threat to Kansas’ chances. Thompson took an unofficial visit to Oklahoma State on Wednesday with his family to watch the Cowboys take on Oral Roberts.
well that changes things🧐👀
— Bryce Thompson👑 (@B3thompson__) November 6, 2019
Landing Thompson would be a huge win for Kansas in multiple ways. One, you’re getting a player who many have called one of the top scorers in the country. He can also play both the point guard and shooting guard position which is valuable for any team to have.
He could also be the perfect replacement for Devon Dotson, who is expected to leave for the NBA Draft after testing the waters last year. If Dotson decides to stay, then you have two guards who can handle the ball and Thompson would be the perfect complement alongside Dotson in the backcourt. After watching the game against Duke on Tuesday, it’s clear that another ball handler would certainly be welcome on this team…
Landing Thompson would also be a huge boost for recruiting. Kansas has already landed a pair of four-star recruits in the 2020 class in center Gethro Muscadin and small forward Tyon Grant-Foster but with no disrespect to those two players because they are nice developmental prospects, Thompson is just on a different level. And getting a commitment from someone of Thompson’s caliber is going to send a message to all recruits in the 2020, 2021, and 2022 recruiting classes that Kansas is still an attractive to place to play.
Understandably, there’s a lot of hesitancy among recruits to select Kansas due to their ongoing issues with the NCAA. KU coaches have acknowledged it, other schools are using it against them, and there’s really nothing Kansas can do to dispel it. But if Thompson picks The Jayhawks in spite of all that, then that could be the catalyst in getting other recruits to follow suit.
We’ll find out on Tuesday morning if Thompson decides to take his talents to Lawrence. He is expected to announce at 10 a.m. live on CBS Sports.
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