KU offers scholarship to Bryce Thompson, son of one of Self's Tulsa players

KU coach Bill Self (above) and the Jayhawks have reportedly offered a scholarship to Bryce Thompson, the son of one of his former Tulsa players. | Rich Sugg | rsugg@kcstar.com

By Gary Bedore gbedore@kcstar.com

Bryce Thompson, a 6-foot-3 sophomore combo guard from Tulsa (Okla.) Washington High School, whose dad, Rod Thompson, played for Kansas coach Bill Self for one season at Tulsa, has received a scholarship offer from KU, Bryce reported on Twitter.

Thompson, the country’s No. 45 rated player in the class of 2020 by Rivals.com, also is being recruited by Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Tulsa, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Houston, Colorado, DePaul and others. He received scholarship offers from KU and Colorado after averaging 18.8 points a game for Oklahoma Run PWP (Playing With Purpose) at last weekend’s Under Armour Association Session One event in Duncanville, Texas.

“Knockdown shooter Bryce Thompson had a massive weekend for Oklahoma Run PWP. Perhaps his most impressive outing came on Saturday when he posted 27 points on 9-of-16 shooting. A host of Big 12 schools followed Thompson all weekend,” read the scouting report on Thompson on the Under Armour Association official hoops website.

Rivals.com’s Eric Bossi listed Thompson as one of the top performers of last weekend’s event.

“In the class of 2020, Thompson is one of the more highly skilled wing players. He's grown to at least 6-foot-4, has added a bit more bulk and is looking to drive more,” Bossi wrote at Rivalshoops.com. “If he's open from deep, Thompson isn't going to miss much, but he does need a fair amount of space to get his shot off due to a low release. He's already a Big 12 priority and will continue to be so.”

Oklahoma recruiting analyst Greg Swaim of gregswaim.com told The Star that Bryce “can play both the 1 and 2 and guard both positions. He’s very cerebral, from a great family.”

Bryce’s dad, Rod, averaged a team-high 15.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game while playing for Self's 1997-98 Tulsa team. The Golden Hurricane went 19-12 that season, Self’s first of three seasons at Tulsa.

Rod Thompson helped start the Run PWP program several years ago. He’s a broadcaster for Tulsa games and other sporting events on Cox Sports network.

“We have a saying, 'Good or great?' That is in whatever you do. Being great always requires a little more. That’s just not for basketball, that’s on and off the court,” Rod Thompson told okhoopsreport.com. “We want to be great in everything, and most importantly in being a good person.”

Bryce made an unofficial visit to KU last summer.

“I was really impressed with the academic advisors and how personable they are with the players. I really enjoyed being able to see Allen Fieldhouse for the first time in person. The dorms were really nice. Overall, I had an amazing experience,” Bryce Thompson told Jayhawkslant.com.

KU recruiting Wilson

Jalen Wilson, a 6-8 junior small forward from Guyer High in Denton, Texas, is being recruited by KU, he told Rivals.com. Wilson has also heard from North Carolina, Michigan, Marquette, Oklahoma, Baylor, Texas Tech, Texas A&M and others.

“They (KU coaches) are supposed to come in next week for an in-home visit,” Wilson told Rivals.com. “I don’t know how many wings have come out of there. They’ve been successful with guys like Paul Pierce, Andrew Wiggins, and I could just go down the list. They just said that I could come in and make an immediate impact.

“That is a great program with a great atmosphere during games, which is the best that I have ever seen, and I like coach (Bill) Self. It is just a really good school.”

Corey Evans of Rivals.com says the No. 39-rated Wilson, “is the ultimate wing that can score out to 20-feet, is a good athlete at the basket, can pass the ball off of the drive and defend different positions. Toss in his quality intangibles and what you have is a super valued prospect that can do a litany of things out of the 2019 class.”


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