April 16, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue head coach Matt Painter and his staff added to its 2013-14 recruiting class today as P.J. Thompson has signed his National Letter of Intent and will join the Boilermakers for the 2014-15 season.
Ranked as a three-star recruit nationally, Thompson, a 5-11 point guard from Indianapolis, had an outstanding senior season at Brebeuf Prep School. He averaged over 24 points per game per game while shooting 68 percent from inside the three-point line and 39 percent beyond it. He was recently honored as one of 13 players selected to the Indiana All-Star Team. He finished his career by scoring 1,497 points and was a three-time All-Marion County selection.
He joins four-star and top 100 recruits Vince Edwards and Isaac Haas and three-star recruits Dakota Mathias and Jacquil Taylor in the class, which is ranked 22nd and fourth in the Big Ten Conference (Ohio State, Maryland, Indiana) by ESPN.com and will likely move into the top 25 by Rivals.com when its new class rankings come out.
Purdue's 2013-14 Signing Class
Vince Edwards - F | 6-7 | 210 | Middletown, Ohio | Middletown High School
Isaac Haas - C | 7-2 | 285 | Piedmont, Ala. | Hokes Bluff High School
Dakota Mathias - G | 6-5 | 190 | Elida, Ohio | Elida High School
Jacquil Taylor - F | 6-9 | 215 | Cambridge, Mass. | Beaver Country Day School
P.J. Thompson - G | 5-11 | 170 | Indianapolis, Ind. | Brebeuf Jesuit Prep School
Painter on Thompson:
"P.J. is a very skilled, quintessential point guard that can dribble, pass and shoot. He has an excellent pull-up jumper and can also hit the three. Perhaps most importantly, P.J. is a coach on the floor. From the moment we started recruiting him, we have been very impressed with his leadership abilities and maturity. We are excited for his future in our program and are thrilled we could land a player like him during the late signing period."
A three-star recruit by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports.com and a two-star recruit by ESPN.com
Averaged over 24 points per game as a senior and was named an Indiana All-Star and a Hoosier Basketball All-Star
Named All-Marion County three times and earned a spot on the 10-member Indianapolis Star Super Team in 2014
Named one of the three most-underrated recruits in the Big Ten by SportsWatch.com
Averaged almost 24 points per game as a junior and was selected as a 2013 Indiana Junior All-Star
Tallied 40 points in the prestigious Indianapolis Legacy Showcase following his junior year
Averaged 18.4 points per game as a sophomore and 14.2 points per game as a freshman
Earned three selections to the Hoosier Basketball Magazine All-State team
Is crafty with the ball in his hands and works to get his teammates good shots in the offense
Very mature player who embraces the team-first mentality and will be a great fit in the locker room
Brebeuf coach Noah Haynes said, "He is like a coach on the floor for us. He's pretty multi-dimensional as an offensive player. He's got the ability to shoot the three, to go past you or come off a screen. He's a tough matchup."
Son of LaSalle and Tonja Thompson
Father, LaSalle, played basketball at Indiana State and Ball State and competed on the Indiana All-Star Team with former Boilermaker great Glenn Robinson. He played several years overseas following his collegiate career