2020 Hog offer Bryce Thompson and his family already had multiple ties to Arkansas basketball, and after his official visit to Fayetteville that wrapped up today Thompson said the family atmosphere within the Razorbacks program resonated with him.
"It went really well," Thompson said of the visit. "The way Coach (Mike) Anderson made us feel we were family really stood out to me.
"He had the recruits and the team over to his house, and the way he treated everybody made me feel like I was already part of the family. I got to bond with the team and the coaching staff. I had a really good time."
Thompson (6-4 combo guard, Tulsa Booker T. Washington, ESPN national No. 45 / 4-star prospect) was 1 of 3 weekend official visitors at Arkansas that included two more Class of 2020 national Top 100 prospects -- Moses Moody and Matthew Murrell -- as well as three other unofficial visitors.
Thompson, who took an unofficial visit to Arkansas in January, is friends with fellow Oklahoma native and Arkansas freshman guard Keyshawn Embery-Simpson, who was Thompson's player host during his visit. Both Thompson and Embery-Simpson were part of the OK Run PWP grassroots basketball program as well.
"Keyshawn was telling me about how he really enjoyed being at Arkansas," Thompson said. "And he made his pitch for me to go there. That was fun."
Thompson's father, Rod Thompson, was a guard at Tulsa where Anderson played guard, and Rod Thompson is also close friends with Hog great and recent Arkansas graduate assistant coach Lee Mayberry.
Bryce Thompson said he was impressed with what he saw during Arkansas's annual Red-White game Friday night at Bud Walton Arena.
"It was a good atmosphere," he said. "I like their pace, how they get up and down. The fans were more than I expected, they really got into it.
"(Daniel Gafford) is a freak athlete. His athleticism is unmatched. He's cool off the floor, too."
Thompson said Arkansas coaches shared their vision of him as a Razorback.
"They talked about how I can play the 1, 2, and if I keep growing, perhaps the 3," he said. "They like how I can score the ball.
"I believe I can fit in well. They push the ball, and they like bucket-getters. Me and Keyshawn, we have similar games, so I believe I can fit right in, too."
Thompson is a wired-to-score guard with ability to get it at all three levels, but he's also developed the ability to facilitate for others playing on the ball at the 1-spot. He averaged 15.9 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 2.7 assists while playing up last spring and summer with OK Run PWP 17U on the Under Armour Association circuit.
OK Run PWP coach [b]Jermaine Simpson[/b], Embery-Simpson's father, thinks Thompson fits Anderson's system at Arkansas.
"Bryce is a great fit for what Coach Anderson is building in Fayetteville," Simpson said in mid-September. "He is easily one of the best shooters in the country with an obvious improvement of athleticism.
"He's a gym rat and a coach's kid with a high IQ that loves to compete on defense and his potential is as high as any player I’ve seen come out of high school in Oklahoma in recent years, comparing that to Trae Young, Shake Milton and [b]Keyshawn Embery-Simpson."
Thompson recently suffered a broken right hand in practice, but he said he anticipates being medically cleared to play "in about three weeks."
Thompson had previously taken official visits to Colorado and Texas A&M, so he has two more junior-year official visits he can take.
"We'll sit down and evaluate and see how it goes," Rod Thompson said of potential future OVs for his son. "We'll look at his schedule and see what fits into the basketball season."
In addition to Arkansas, Thompson has reported offers from Kansas (he took an unofficial visit there in late September), Colorado, and Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Iowa, Wake Forest, Minnesota, and Houston.
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