Five-star guard Bryce Thompson committed to Kansas and Bill Self on Tuesday morning. Thompson, ranked #19 overall in the 2020 class by 247Sports as well as Rivals, gives Self his first five-star recruit since the 2018 class. More notably, it gives Kansas its first five-star recruit since the Adidas “college basketball scandal” broke.
Thompson, out of Tulsa, OK, chose Kansas over a final four that included North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State. At 6’5”, 175 lbs, Thompson has typically been projected as a 2-guard, but he is reportedly one of the more versatile guards in the class and can run the point as well.
Bill Self coached Thompson’s dad at Tulsa, and that connection appeared to be a key factor in his pledge to KU.
In regards to the NCAA allegations levied against KU, Thompson said:
I was able to talk to the AD surrounding the whole NCAA situation. He cleared it up pretty much, it’s not going to be perfect, but I trust the coaching staff and that they are going to do what’s right.
Thompson also expects to be an impact player for KU right away:
They want me to come in and replace Devon Dotson because he’s going to the league, so just come in with that role and make a big impact from day one.
Thompson joins four-star wing Tyon Grant-Foster and four-star forward Gethro Muscadin in the KU class of 2020. The three players have the opportunity to go ahead and sign with Kansas anytime between November 13-20, the early signing period. Whether or not they will actually do so, what with the uncertainty regarding the NCAA, we will just have to wait and see.
KU has three scholarships available for next season barring anyone going pro or transferring out.