#33 RANKED PLAYER IN THE COUNTRY (CLASS OF 2017)
STAR RANKING: 4 STARS
WEIGHT: 180 POUNDS
POSITION: SHOOTING GUARD
HIGH SCHOOL: BISHOP MONTGOMERY IN CALIFORNIA
CHOSE OREGON STATE OVER: CAL, USC, UTAH, SYRACUSE, LOYOLA MARYMOUNT
PLAYER SUMMARY: Oregon State plays in the real tough PAC-12 Conference. In order for the Beavers to compete night in and night out, they have to go and land players that are PAC-12 caliber. They did that this year when they secured a big commitment from Ethan Thompson.
Thompson played his high school ball at nationally known Bishop Montgomery High School. His father is former Syracuse great Stephen Thompson, who played at Syracuse. The younger Thompson is a 6’5″ shooting guard who has a great opportunity to come in right away and compete for a starting job.
He is versatile enough to play SG and SF, however, we believe he ends up being a SG. He sports a dangerous mid-range jumper, which is becoming a lost art in basketball. His range extends to beyond the college 3-point line and he has smooth shooting mechanics. As we thought, Thompson has a very good basketball IQ. He knows where to be on the court at all times and seems to be one step ahead of the competition when watching him play.
The 4-star recruit is a good passer and an above average ball-handler. Thompson will need to gain weight in order to hold up for a full college season. He will also need to keep improving his ball-handling ability. Having his father being with him as an assistant coach should make his transition to big-time college basketball easier.
Ethan Thompson is a steal for Oregon State. We believe he is good enough to play for any team in the PAC-12 and almost every team in the country. His sweet shooting ability will be his calling card early on into his career. Once he gains weight and physically matures, he has all the makings of being the best player to come out of Oregon State since Gary Payton II a few years ago. By his sophomore year, he should be the leader of an up and coming Beaver’s team.
BELOW ARE HIGHLIGHTS OF ETHAN THOMPSON
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