November 10, 2010

Thompson pumped to sign

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Sam Thompson, one of the more highly coveted small forward in the country, is a Buckeye, and that is reason enough for fans to get excited.

He adds to a class that oozes with potential. On September 19th when he made is verbal pledge, Thompson knew it was the right choice, and as signing day has finally arrived, those feelings haven't changed.

"I'm feeling great about it," said Thompson on Tuesday night. "I've got my letter of intent stuff ready and I'm just excited to get it there in time tomorrow, so I'm feeling great."

Since making his decision, things have slowed down for the No. 46 player in the country. Basketball has become the center of his focus while not needing to deal with the numerous coaches calling him on a daily basis.

The recruiting process is an experience to say the least. Thompson, although stressed at times throughout the process, realizes what he has learned from going through it first-hand.

"Absolutely, things settled down with other coaches calling me, with people asking me where I'm going and stuff, I was really able to calm down and focus and really just play basketball," he said. "Things got a lot less stressful. I learned a lot. It was a long process. I learned from the process so much as a human being, how you have to keep a certain level of professionalism with all of these coaches. No matter where you are playing, somebody's out there watching you. You have to produce in front of head coaches from major colleges."

Now that life has settled down, at least for the short term, Thompson is as excited as every for awaits him in Columbus. He fully expects the Buckeye's to compete at a high level this year, but also next season when he is able to contribute on the court.

"I'm looking forward to getting to Ohio State, growing as a player and competing for a national championship. Both this year and next year, Ohio State will have a great chance of competing for Big Ten championships and for national championships, so I'm looking forward to that most."

Thad Matta and his staff continue to make noise on the recruiting front and will have their program not only atop the Big Ten for years to come, but with the top programs nationally with additions like Thompson.


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