P.J. Thompson was the least heralded of Purdue’s now departed foursome from last year, but he was a Boilermaker through and through. He provided four years of steady play and had a knack for hitting a big shot when we needed it. Now his family gets to continue that tradition as little brother Isaiah officially signed:
#Family— Purdue Men’s Basketball (@BoilerBall) November 14, 2018
Welcome @Ithompson11! #BoilerUp pic.twitter.com/FLHlN4rbVo
Much like P.J., Isaiah is a well-regarded three-star recruit. I have seen him a lot over the last few years, however, and I can attest that he is a very different type of player. He is a solid shooter with deep range and he is not afraid to pull the trigger. Against Harrison in this past year’s sectional he had a career high 44 points and went absolutely crazy in the first quarter with 23 points and 7 three-pointers, a state record for most in a quarter.
It is a very tall comparison, but Isaiah has a bit of Carsen Edwards in him. He is fearless to shoot or attack the basket. He has bulked up this coming season, as reports are that he is over 150 pounds for the first time in his life. He’s also got some athleticism, too.
He’s more of a shooter and scorer than his brother, but he is stilla smart player. He is also a very reliable three-point shooter. Since I cover Zionsville ont he regular I will see him quite a bit this year, including next Tuesday in their season opener at Carmel.