There are several very good 2015 prospects in the Southern California area and one who has had a strong spring is 6-foot-1, 140-pound Torrance (Calif.) Bishop Montgomery shooting guard Stephen Thompson, Jr.
The son of Stephen Thompson, who played for Syracuse and in the NBA, the younger Thompson was impressive at the adidas V.I.P. Exclusive Run and Scout.com had the following evaluation of him:
In the 15’s championship, Thompson scored it well. The wiry guard knocked down shots off the catch, worked in drives to the rim and showed a floater in the lane. It’s still early, but Thompson is a talent with good speed and a lot of raw ability.
According to Thompson's DreamVision AAU coach, Don Small, the 2015 prospect's biggest strength is his shooting.
"Thompson is an excellent shooter," Small said. "He's a very deceptive scorer and has a very high basketball IQ.
"He needs to get stronger and faster. He also needs to work on his ball handling skills since he'll need to be a combo guard at his height."
Schools recruiting Thompson include Syracuse, Arizona, Washington State and Loyola Marymount.
Considering his father's successful career at Syracuse, it's no surprise the Orange will be involved in the recruitment.
"He likes Syracuse," Small said. "I don't know if he would go there but I know his dad would want him to."