’21 Forward Treyton Thompson Discusses Iowa Official Visit

October 17, 2019

Written by Rob Howe

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Treyton Thompson decided this summer that leaving home midway through his high school career was the right thing to do. He expected it to be difficult, and that’s proven to be the case.

“Sometimes it’s hard. I miss my family. My mom and dad send me pictures of my dog and my brother. They stay in contact a lot. It’s hard but I know it’s going to benefit me. I just think about that whenever times get tough,” he told HN.

Thompson’s move from Alexandria (MN) Area High to La Lumiere Prep School in LaPorte, Ind. resulted from a desire to grow his basketball game. It’s one of the top programs in the country at developing college talent.

Being out on his own has caused Thompson to cherish the feeling of home. He gets that at Iowa.

The Hawkeyes played host to him on his first official visit this past weekend. He felt welcomed.

“The atmosphere with the fans was great. I don’t even play there and they are coming up and asking how I’m doing. They were telling me how much they wanted me at Iowa,” he said.

Thompson admired the camaraderie among Iowa players. The staff expressed its desire for him to join the program.

“The coaches were just telling me that they really want me to go there. It’s a really good fit. They showed me some film on how I would fit in. I could see really clearly that if I chose to go there, I could really fit in. It would be a really good school for me to go,” he said.

During his two days on campus, Thompson watched a pair of Hawkeye workouts. He pictured himself playing in the system.

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“I like that they give their big men freedom to make plays. I feel like I could really fit in there watching Luka (Gazra) and Patrick (McCaffery), and the point guard, Jordan (Bohannon). I feel like I could fit in there really well and run with them,” he said.

“They really like to get up and down, get a rebound and go as fast as they can. I really like transition. That’s one of my strong suits, I feel. I really wanted to go out and play with them.”

Fellow Iowa targets Xavier Foster, Tamin Lipsey and Josh Ogundele joined Thompson in visiting Iowa last weekend. The group connected.

“I played with Tamin over the summer, so I was already cool with him. The other two, Josh and Zay, I already feel like they’re my brothers. They looked out for me and I looked out for them. They’re just really good guys. I feel like we would be really good teammates,” Thompson said.

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Unlike some high-level prospects who get worn down by their phones buzzing from coaches contacting them, Thompson enjoys talking to them. He’s trying to form bonds and find out where he’s most comfortable.

“It makes me feel good about myself, that the work I’m putting in is benefitting me. I take notes on every school. I was taking notes about how Iowa can benefit me. You just have to look at everything overall. The next school I go visit, I’ll do the same thing,” he said.

A strong relationship with his head coach sits atop the list of desires for Thompson in his search for a college.

“The coach has to support me and I will be in it for him. I want them to develop me so I can help the program. I’m looking for the school that can make me the best that I can possibly be,” he said.

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In addition to Iowa, Thompson (6-11, 190) reports scholarship offers from Minnesota, Oklahoma and Texas Tech. Purdue, Texas, Marquette, Xavier, Kansas, Creighton and Colorado are showing him interest.

“I’m looking soon at an official visit to Texas Tech or Oklahoma. I’m probably going to take an unofficial to Minnesota just because it’s so close. There’s not need for an official. Maybe visits to Xavier and Purdue because they are closer to me now (in Indiana),” he said.

Rivals and 247 rank Thompson as a four-star prospect. The latter sees him as the No. 78 player overall nationally in ’21, while the former puts him at 91.

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