After a strong summer competing for the Minnesota Select, 2019 guard John Thompson is gearing up for a big season for Saint Thomas Academy out of Mendota Heights, Minn.  At 6’0, Thompson is emerging as one of the better young guards in Minnesota. He’s a scoring point guard who can score at all three levels. He can drive to the basket, pull up for a mid-range jumper and knock down the 3 as well as find the open man and help set up teammates for buckets.

He says he grew as a player throughout the offseason and while he currently does not hold any offers, Thompson says he has had a number of colleges contact him in recent months.  “This summer I grew a lot as a player,” Thompson said. “It was really fun to play on the NY2LA Basketball Association circuit because you get to compete against some very talented players and teams.”

A fan of former NBA point guard Steve Nash, Thompson says he focused throughout the offseason on improving his 3-point shot off the dribble and becoming a more creative scorer off the dribble.  He enters the upcoming high school season with high expectations for the Cadets after the squad fell in the first round of the state tournament last season.

“This year we plan on making it back to the state tournament and our goal as a team is to make it to the state championship game,” Thompson said. “We lost a lot of great seniors but some of the JV guys are very eager to step up and fill their roles.  This season I look forward to playing Apple Valley High School because I want to play against Tre Jones who is one of the best guards in the country. As well as playing Cretin-Derham Hall because they are our Catholic school rival and also because they have a really talented team centered around one of the top centers in the country Daniel Oturu.”

Thompson says his dad has had the biggest influence on his basketball career to date.  “He was the first person to give me a ball. He’s always pushed me to be the best I can be and is always there to help me workout or for whatever I need him for,” he said.