Virginia Tech transfer Trevor Thompson is down to three schools as a possible landing spot – Indiana, Ohio State and Purdue.
The 2012 Ben Davis graduate is a 6-11 forward who will have three years of eligibility after sitting out the 2014-15 season per NCAA transfer rules. Thompson averaged 5.0 points and 4.7 rebounds as a freshman at Virginia Tech.
Thompson will visit Ohio State this weekend, with plans to visit Indiana and Purdue the following week. Thompson tweeted his three finalists on Monday morning and later offered an explanation on all three schools to the Star.
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On Ohio State: “Because of the great relationship I got from the jump with (coach) Thad Matta. I really love him as a coach and a mentor. I just trust him and Ohio State is a great program and kept in contact with me the most. And it’s close to home.”
On Indiana: “Because it’s IU. It’s always been my dream to come back to my home state and play for IU. I love the coaches I believe in Tom Crean to get me to the next level. I see something special coming to IU with the players (coming in).”
On Purdue: “It’s always been a dream school of mine that I’ve always wanted to go to. I loved watching them all of my high school years and I looked up to (former Purdue star (JaJuan Johnson). Me and him having the same high school coach, Mark James, really made me like Purdue.”
Thompson said “all three are great programs and close to home and that’s why I chose them.”
Lots of suitors for Weber
Former Roncalli standout Ryan Weber is picking up plenty of interest after getting his full release from Youngstown State last week.
The 6-6 Weber, who averaged 12.2 points and 4.3 rebounds in 30 games (28 starts) as a sophomore at Youngstown State, is quickly putting together a list of transfer possibilities.
“Right now I’m gathering information and trying to get a list of four or five schools at the most that I’ll reasonably be able to go and see,” said Weber, a 42 percent 3-point shooter (68-for-163) last season. “One of the biggest factors for me in the next school will be from an overall basketball standpoint, where it’s ultra-competitive and you’ll be pushed to the limit. Also a place where the coaching staff has instilled a positive culture and where other people want to be.”
Weber is an intriguing player in part due to his dramatic improvement from freshman to sophomore year. He played in 28 games as a freshman, but averaged 1.9 points and shot 32 percent from the field. As a sophomore, he was the second-leading scorer, top 3-point shooter and top free-throw shooter for a 15-17 Youngstown State team.
The first visit for Weber will be Friday, to Ball State. He said he’s also heard from “about half” of the schools in the Mid-American Conference and has also set up a visit Miami of Ohio for later this month. Purdue has also been in contact and Weber said he’d like to take a visit there as well. Other schools that have reached out are Butler, Northwestern and Xavier. It would not be a surprise to see Indiana also inquire.
“I’m pretty confident that I can produce at a mid-major school and with more hard work think I could produce at a high-major level,” Weber said. “I’m definitely more confident in my game (than a year ago) and feel like I still have a lot of room to get better.”
Weber, who took official visits to Youngstown State and Gardner-Webb as a high school senior, said he expect the process to move quickly so he can enroll in summer school.
“(The recruiting process) is a little bit different than it was in high school,” he said. “In high school, coaches are looking to build relationships with you. As a transfer, you pretty much know what you are looking for.”
IUPUI’s Gardner lands player
IUPUI coach Jason Gardner picked up his first commitment on Monday, from Western Michigan transfer Leo Svete. The 6-5 Svete hasn’t played a game in two years, as he missed his entire senior season at Penn High School recovering from a knee injury and redshirted last year at Western Michigan as he suffered another anterior cruciate ligament tear.
Svete, who averaged 17.8 points as a junior at Penn and was named to the IndyStar Indiana Junior All-Star team, will have to sit out the 2014-15 season as a transfer.
HSE’s Davidson wins 3-point contest
Hamilton Southeastern senior Eric Davidson won the American Family Insurance High School 3-Point Championship this weekend in Dallas, Texas. The 6-foot Davidson won over a field of seven other competitors, including Park Tudor senior Trevon Bluiett. Davidson, who is uncommitted, defeated Louisville recruit Quentin Snider 21-20 in the finals.
All Star exhibition games set
The IndyStar Indiana All-Star exhibition games vs. the Junior All-Stars are set for June 9 at Logansport and June 11 at Columbus North. The girls games will begin at 6 p.m. with the boys to follow. Admission is $6. The games vs. Kentucky are set for June 13 at Transylvania College in Lexington, Ky., and June 14 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Tech finishes 3rd nationally
Tech is No. 3 in the final MaxPreps top 25 national high school basketball rankings. Tech (27-2), which wrapped up its first state championship last week, is behind only 35-0 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif) and 28-0 Montverde Academy (Fla.).
Call Star reporter Kyle Neddenriep at (317) 444-6649.