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Painter optimistic about point guard's prospects

Monday, April 28, 2014 - 12:01 am

FISHERS, Ind. -- P.J. Thompson couldn't keep away. Basketball is too important. So even while his travel ball days are gone, even as he prepares for his freshman season at Purdue, the former Brebeuf standout couldn't keep away from the adidas Spring Classic.

Specifically, he couldn't keep away from watching his father and former AAU coach, LaSalle, coach a couple of Spiece Indy Ice teams at the Fishers Fieldhouse.

The 5-10 Thompson is set to make major impact as a point guard next season for Purdue. Coach Matt Painter is optimistic Thompson will perform to expectations.

“He is someone who has been very successful. For us his makeup as a person and as a player is what attracted him to us. We recruited him for a long time. He's been very successful against good competition. That makeup has a lot of winning qualities – he's tough, he's smart, he's a good communicator, he can make threes, he moves the ball. Good point guards make other people better. We think he'll do that for us.”

Thompson is one of five players in the Boilers Class of 2014. The others are swingman Vince Edwards, guard Dakota Mathias, center Isaac Haas and forward Jacquil Taylor.