The Brandon University Bobcats men’s basketball team has begun informal workouts with another new recruit in the mix.
Earl Thompson Jr., a 6-foot-5 guard/forward from Las Vegas, has played two seasons at Shoreline Community College, near Seattle. He led the Dolphins with 21.6 points and 9.8 rebounds per game last season, while being named to the Northwest Athletic Conference’s second all-star team.
"We know, especially with all the success that BU men’s basketball traditionally has had and with the imports coming in, the imports have to be impact guys," Bobcats head coach Gil Cheung said. "And, hopefully, he’s able to add to that history of imports coming up and making an impact."
Cheung likened Thompson’s frame to that of former Bobcat Mario Joseph as a player who could create mismatches for smaller opponents on the inside and bigger players on the perimeter.
"Heightwise he’s not the biggest kid, but he’s strong, a strong lower body, moves very well but he’s a load down there in the post as well," Cheung said. "… He’s got a good basketball IQ, a great feel for the game and he looked great (in his first workout at BU) and looked very good on tape, so we’re looking forward to working with him and he’s excited to be here."