As expected, class of 2017 four-star shooting guard Ethan Thompson kept it in the family and verbally committed to play for Oregon State.
Thompson’s father, Stephen, is an assistant coach for the Beavers, while his brother, Stephen Jr., is also a member of head coach Wayne Tinkle’s roster.
After a weekend visit to Corvallis, he decided to end his recruitment.
He took to Twitter Monday night to announce his decision.
“Thank you to all of the coaches/universities that recruited me,” he said on the social media site with his first tweet. “I respect and appreciate each of you and your time,” he added
Thank you to all of the coaches/universities that recruited me. I respect & appreciate each of you and your time.
— Ethan Thompson (@_ethanthompson5) September 19, 2016
“I am happy to announce that I have chosen to attend Oregon State University,” he said in his second tweet.
— Ethan Thompson (@_ethanthompson5) September 20, 2016
Thompson, a 6’4”, 170-pound shooting guard from Torrance, California (Bishop Montgomery High School) is rated as a four-star recruit according to 247Sports. The site ranks him as the No. 49 overall prospect in the 2017 class and the 12th-best shooting guard in the country. 247Sports also regards Thompson as the sixth-best basketball player in the state of California.
Thompson’s commitment to Oregon State was rather academic given the ties Thompson has to Oregon State. That said, his father was a star player for Jim Boeheim at Syracuse and there was thought Thompson would elect to play at his father’s alma mater.
He also had offers from Stanford, California, Loyola Marymount, USC and Utah. Arizona, Clemson, Harvard, Notre Dame Pepperdine, Southern Utah, Tulsa and Washington State also showed interest in Thompson.
This is the first class of 2017 commit for Tinkle and the Beavers.