Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Big man Trevor Thompson picks Hokies

Virginia Tech Hokies basketball

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Trevor Thompson, a 6-foot-11, 215-pound center on the postgraduate team at St. John's Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield, Wis., said Tuesday that he has orally committed to Virginia Tech.

Thompson ended a three-day visit to Virginia Tech on Tuesday. It was his first official visit to a college.

"I just love everything about Virginia Tech," he said. "And it's my home state."

He transferred from South Lakes High School in Reston to Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis after his ninth-grade year so he could live with his father.

He said he also had scholarship offers from Kansas State, Arizona State, Mississippi State, Auburn and Southern Cal.

During his senior year, his only offer was from Ball State. He graduated at age 17.

He played AAU ball this past summer for the 17-and-under Eric Gordon All-Stars in Indianapolis, leading to more college offers.

Thompson averaged about 10 points, eight rebounds and 3.5 blocks for Ben Davis last season, which was his first full season of varsity basketball.

"He's still learning the game," said Brian Keeton, who was Thompson's assistant high school and AAU coach. "He's still got a long ways to go. He's got major upside. He's probably one of the more athletic kids you'll see at 6-10, 6-11. He can really run the floor. He's a big-time shot blocker."

Thompson said he is attending military school so he can improve academically and get stronger.

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