Four-star forward Race Thompson planning Michigan visit

Orion Sang

For a while, there wasn’t much contact between Michigan and Race Thompson.

The Wolverines began recruiting the 6’8” forward from Minneapolis toward the end of last summer, but things, according to Thompson, “kinda died down.”

Thompson, the No. 72 player in the nation according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings, has been busy this spring on the AAU circuit. He’s earned offers from Indiana and Providence — and his strong performance may even have rekindled his relationship with Michigan.

“I would say the schools that have been showing more interest are Michigan, Michigan State and Indiana, and the same schools that have been recruiting me are coming after me even harder,” Thompson told UM Hoops. “I think (Michigan) came a couple times when I was in Dallas. I don’t remember if I saw them when I was in Atlanta, but they definitely came to watch me play (this spring).

“(Michigan’s recruitment of me) picked back up after this last little open period.”

Assistant coach Billy Donlon has taken charge of Thompson’s recruitment, while Thompson has also had several conversations with head coach John Beilein.

“I think it’s pretty good,” Thompson said of his relationship with Donlon. “We haven’t had a chance to talk a lot because it’s been kinda busy, but it’s getting there. Getting to know the program a little bit better. It’s still kinda in the beginning (stage).

Michigan’s staff has told Thompson he would fit the role of either Moe Wagner or DJ Wilson as a ‘4’ type.

“(Beilein’s said) that I would be able to play and that he’s really good with people at my position and my versatility,” Thompson said. “(He said) he’d be able to take full advantage of that.”

Recently, he made plans to unofficially visit Michigan sometime in June, and expects to receive an offer then.

“I would say just success overall,” Thompson said when asked what stands out about Michigan to him. “They have a really good head coach, good players always, they’re always on the upside of the Big Ten. That’s all I really know about them as of right now, but I am taking a visit soon so I’ll know more once I do that.”

Thompson also mentioned he may visit Indiana this summer as well. He hopes to cut his list of schools after the AAU season before making a commitment near the start of his high school basketball season.

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  • bobohle

    I’m very nervous that we may lose one or both Moe and DJ as the last day is upon them. If we lose both it will be like 2015 all over again unless we can pullout another Grad Transfer or highly rated JUCO.

    • nswan

      I think losing one is a real possibility at this point (they both seem hung up on the Jazz, particularly DJ) but can’t really see both going. I am hopeful that if we do lose one that we can convince Iggy to come early

      • bobohle

        Is he thinking of graduating in 2017? That would be great if he did. Michigan seems to be the leader for him. Thank you Nik Stauskas.

        • nswan

          Just some side rumors of it. Wouldnt put any significant weight behind it, but it would be a nice late add if we did lose DJ