Purdue basketball’s biggest impact player among newcomers this season should be PJ Thompson.
The unranked senior point guard from Brebeuf Jesuit high school in Indianapolis was Purdue’s last signing in the 2014 recruiting class.
He should fill the point guard void left my Terone and Ronnie Johnson this past offseason. Lacking a true point guard, Thompson seems like the perfect fit for the boilermakers.
After watching film on the incoming recruits it’s safe to say he will be the starter at the beginning of the year. The Boilers lacked a floor general last year and this characteristic comes naturally to Thompson who led his team against some of the toughest teams in the state of Indiana, averaging 24.1 points and 2.3 assists per game.
He plays a similar game to former Purdue point guard Lewis Jackson.
Thompson is quick with the ball along with smart. He makes passes that are would leave viewers in amazement. He sees the floor well and is always looking for the open man.
As the game goes on, Thompson gets better, he learns the defense’s weaknesses and attacks.
He also possesses tough on-ball defense which plays right into Matt Painter’s style of play.
There is one exception that makes Thompson better than Jackson. His jumper is cleaner and more consistent. Thompson can shoot confidently from all over the floor.
It is hard to believe that Thompson went under the radar to so many teams the past two years. He is lucky to be measured at 5-10 160 pounds, but he was an Indiana Junior All-Star.
With Thompson coming in this will take the point guard pressure off of Bryson Scott, who worked in a rotation with the guards last season.
Purdue still has a young team despite returning AJ Hammons and Rapheal Davis. They only have one senior on the team. Purdue fans should not be discouraged though. Their recruiting class this year includes one player from all five positions on the court. Thompson will be the head of them all this year.
With Thompson at the helm and four years of working together there is no telling how high the Boilermakers ceiling can go. He has the ability to make guys better around him. This will play a huge factor in the success of the team.
The only issue with Thompson is his height and build. It conflicts with the big and tough Big Ten conference play. If PJ ends up playing like Jackson, it should not be an issue at all.
PJ Thompson will be a key contributor for the Boilers this year as he gives them solid defense and a good offensive threat and an on court leader.
Purdue basketball needs Thompson to be its newest impact player or it could be another long season in West Lafayette and put Coach Painter on the hot seat.