Last week, Virginia Tech men’s basketball coach Seth Greenberg landed his second commitment for the 2008 recruiting class when J.T. Thompson pledged to the Tech program. TSL caught up with Thompson today to talk about his decision and other things.
“I have committed to Virginia Tech,” said Thompson. “I went there a couple of times. I talked to the coaches. It’s a good program. The ACC speaks for itself. You have Duke, Carolina…it’s a great conference. I felt like I fit in well, so I went ahead and committed.”
Thompson was a junior this past season for Forest Hills High School in Marshville, North Carolina. He is transferring to Hope Christian (Ashville, NC) for this upcoming year and will re-classify, becoming a junior and a 2008 recruit.
“It’s a better basketball situation and a better academic situation for me,” Thompson said of Hope Christian.
The 6-6, 215-pound played center last season for Forest Hills, leading the team to a 28-2 record and an appearance in the state semifinals. He averaged 17 points, nine rebounds and “three or four” blocks per game.
Virginia Tech has several positions in mind for Thompson. A lot could depend on how he develops physically over the next few years.
“Coach Greenberg is recruiting me as a three or a four,” Thompson said.
Asked what his strengths and weaknesses are, Thompson answered “My strength is getting to the hoop. I’m a strong finisher. I’m working on improving my shooting and being a better on-the-ball defender.”
In addition to Virginia Tech, Thompson boasted offers from Clemson and Georgia.
“Right now, I consider my commitment to be solid,” Thompson said.
Thompson joins 6-3 guard Shamarr Bowden as commitments for Virginia Tech’s 2008 recruiting class. If Tech signs no more players in the 2007 class (commitments already from SF Jeff Allen and PF/C Augustus Gilchrist), the Hokies could take up to five players in the 2008 class.
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