INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Butler Bulldogs received a verbal commitment from PG Aaron Thompson, a four-star recruit on Scout.com and three-star recruit on Rivals.com, on Tuesday, May 2. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound point guard took an official visit to Butler last Thursday and picked the Bulldogs over VCU, who he visited this past weekend. Thompson ranks as the No. 27 overall point guard in the 2017 recruiting class.
“I think me and coach (Chris) Holtmann, we hit it off when I went out there,” Thompson said. “Me and my family thought it was a good situation for me basketball wise and academic wise. If I get my degree from there, it can open doors for me. I feel like they make it to the tournament every year and with the recruiting class coming it could be special class.”
Thompson recently became one of the top available prospects, after backing out of a Letter of Intent to Pittsburgh on April 21st. Thompson averaged 10.9 points per game for a 29-8 Paul VI Catholic High School squad in Fairfax, Va. He also made the Washington Post’s All-Metropolitan First Team and played for Team Takeover on the EYBL circuit.
“I think it was more of a family decision,” Thompson said. “It’s kind of where I feel comfortable and I know they feel comfortable.”
Thompson will compete with redshirt junior transfer Paul Jorgenson for the starting point guard position. Thompson’s abilities as a strong defender will grant him early playing time opportunities with Head Coach Chris Holtmann. Thompson will make for a nice addition to the Butler backcourt with current freshman G Kamar Baldwin as the Bulldogs are now equipped with a pair of crafty southpaws.
“I think there is a clear path to playing time at Butler,” Thompson said. “I feel like that would help me in a great way to play early and get some experience.”
“I can lead the team even as a freshman,” Thompson said when asked how he could help them. “I have good leadership skills. On the defensive end me and Kamar [Baldwin] can create some choas. He’s a great defender and gets steal and we can run in transition.”
With the addition of Thompson, Holtmann has five recruits headed his way in 2017, the best recruiting class in the Butler program’s history. Thompson joins a class that also includes four-star forward Kyle Young, as well as three-star recruits David Christian, Cooper Neese and Jerald Butler.
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