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5-Star Guard Bryce Thompson Picks Kansas Over Oklahoma State

In the end, Bryce goes KU.



Bryce Thompson ended the drama on Tuesday on CBS Sports HQ (shout out!) as he picked Kansas as his college destination over Oklahoma State.

This wasn’t a huge surprise as everything over the final few days turned up Jayhawks. He didn’t delay in his choice as he unzipped the hoodie and revealed a blue shirt just a few minutes into the interview.

“I’ll be attending the University of Kansas,” Thompson told Evan Daniels of CBS Sports. “It’s a great fit for me. [Bill Self] told me where I can fit in … go in and make an impact. Come in and work for it … contribute on Day 1.”

Bryce’s father, Rod, played for Bill Self when Self was at Tulsa.

“It factored in a lot,” added Thompson. “My dad is in my corner, he told me everything about the coaches and how they were good to him.

It’s a bummer for Mike Boynton and Oklahoma State as adding another top-20 guy in Bryce to a class that already features the No. 2 player — Cade Cunningham — and another top-100 guy — Rondel Walker — would have elevated OSU to likely have a top-five class. Thompson is currently No. 19 nationally and the No. 1 player in the state of Oklahoma.

Still, there are spots to fill and players who can fill them for Boynton. As of right now, OSU has the No. 21 class in the country but is poised to make a leap into the top 15 or top 10 depending on who they add (for example: if they add JT Thor, they jump to No. 6).

For Thompson, it’s the end of a long and winding recruiting road. He’ll head to KU next fall and then likely off to the NBA in some spring after that. He’s a stud and will be a good player in college. It’s a big miss by OSU, for sure, but when you keep taking swings at whales, you’re going to have big misses every once in a while.

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