Bryce Thompson, No. 19 player in 2020 class, commits to Kansas

Gary Bedore, The Kansas City Star on

Published in Basketball

Blue-chip basketball prospect Bryce Thompson, the most sought-after high school player in the state of Oklahoma since former OU Sooners guard Trae Young of Norman, has announced he will play college basketball at Kansas.

Thompson, a 6-foot-4 senior guard out of Tulsa's Booker T. Washington High, orally committed to KU on Tuesday morning in a ceremony at his high school that was streamed on

Thompson,'s No. 19-rated player in the recruiting Class of 2020 chose KU over Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and North Carolina.

"I will be attending the University of Kansas ... Rock Chalk," Thompson said, opening up his jacket to reveal a blue KU shirt with a Jayhawk on it. He also put a blue KU hat atop his head before continuing an interview with reporter Evan Daniels.

"It's just a great fit for me. He told me everything where I could fit in. (He) showed me a lot of film, showed me where I could go in and make an impact," he said of KU coach Bill Self.

He is the son of former Tulsa standout Rod Thompson, who played one season for Self and two for current North Carolina assistant Steve Robinson at Tulsa.


"It factored in a lot. My dad is in my corner," Thompson said of Rod Thompson. "He's been telling me everything about the coaches, how they were good to him. It was a big part. I built that relationship over the years and I'm just glad."

Asked what his dad has told him about Self, Bryce said: "He's going to push you. He's going to make sure he gets every drop out of you. At the end of the day he's going to love you like a son."

Bryce has already developed a relationship with Self and Norm Roberts, who assisted Self at Tulsa and coached Rod Thompson as well. Roberts was the assistant in charge of Thompson's recruitment.

"(Self said) come in, work for it, contribute from day one," Bryce said of Self's message.


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