It was announced today that Alex Thompson is officially the newest member of the
Talk about your decision to come
Thompson: It's a decision that I'm very excited about. It's nice to have it over with and start playing basketball again.
Were you close to coming to
Thompson: At the time it was an issue with the coach. I think that it was between him and Wayne Morgan.
At the time, if there was more stability would you have come here?
Thompson: It's hard to tell. I didn't really know what was going on with the program and it's just hard to tell I guess.
Were you looking to transfer even
Thompson: I don't know. I'm just excited to be playing for Coach McDermott. I want to be part of what he's trying to build.
Did he recruit you at all when he
Thompson: Yeah, a little bit but I
What happened at
Thompson: I just felt like it wasn't the best fit for me. I played there for two years and it wasn't a good fit.
Was it playing time?
Thompson: It just wasn't a good fit. I don't know what else to say.
Was there a specific time in the
past couple of months when you knew that
Thompson: Right when I got my release I
didn't know where I wanted to send it out to. Coach McDermott had just been
hired, so I knew that
Have you been talking to Ross Marsden much throughout making this decision?
Thompson: No I haven't spoken to Ross this spring. When everything is done, I'll give him a call and see how everything is going and what his plans are for this summer.
What is it about Coach McDermott
Thompson: I don't know if you can say that I haven't been happy at the places before. I just like the way that he is really into the team. He develops players. Everything about him I was really impressed with.
You sit out next year, but the
following year you'll be playing
Thompson: I'm not really worried about that. I hope that they respected my decision out of high school and I hope that they respect my decision to come back now. I hope that they accept me when I join Cyclone Nation.
Were there any other schools that you were looking at and you sent your release to?
Thompson: I only sent my release to
Was this decision made prior to the last game of the season? Did you know that you were probably going to be going somewhere else?
Thompson: No it wasn't. I had to sit back after the season and reflect on it and find out what I wanted to do. I guess I decided that it was in my best interest to transfer.
You were in line for more playing
time next year at
Thompson: Honestly I played there for two
years and it just wasn't a good fit. That's how I look at it. I'm excited to put
it behind me and move on to
What type of a reaction do you
expect to get when you play at
Thompson: I don't know. I think a lot of those fans. They have always been very supportive of me. I had a good experience with them. Going to the rival school probably isn't the best thing but good friends and people that like me there will support me. If I get some negative reaction it's fine too. That's what happens when you transfer to the rival school.
Are you going to talk to Adam Haluska at all about how he handled this?
Thompson: I don't know. I think he handled it really well. For him, he just kept working and kept his head on straight. You can't worry about what people have to say, you just have to stay close to your team. I'm just glad to finally be done with it.