Yet another breakout on the AAU circuit has earned Booker T. Washington product Bryce Thompson yet another bump in the recruiting rankings.
Thompson, the 6-foot-5 combo guard who has been on Mike Boynton’s radar since 1887, earned five-star status on Wednesday when 247Sports updated its recruiting rankings for the 2020 classification. He is now the No. 19 player in the class, No. 4 player at his position, and No. 1 in the state (by a wide margin), jumping 70 spots in the national rankings since the last update.
He remains a four-star in the 247Sports composite, which aggregates all recruiting services’ rankings of him. But after what he did on the AAU circuit this spring, showing off his shot-making, shot creation and ball-handling, it may be a matter of time before he gets a fifth star there, too.
As for where Thompson is going to land, it’s anyone’s guess. Boynton and his staff have been hard after him for a long time, but OU, Texas A&M, Colorado have been too. And that’s before noting the recent emergence of Kansas, Michigan State and North Carolina, who have come in with offers and made ground on the presumptive early favorites to land him.
Thompson’s father, Rod, played under Bill Self at Tulsa in the late 1990s so there is a comfort level with Self that may trump all other contenders. But OSU’s location relative to Tulsa, coupled with Boynton making significant in-roads, is going to make the Pokes a contender to the final days of his college commitment.