Race Thompson is an elite student-athlete currently attending Robbinsdale Armstrong Senior High School in Plymouth, Minnesota. The 6-foot-7 forward is one of the most athletic ballers for the class of 2018 and is ranked #75 per Rivals 150. The son of Minnesota Gophers’ all-time leading rusher and a NFL first round pick Darrell Thompson, Race is playing for D1 Minnesota (16U) on the Adidas Gauntlet circuit where he is known for his vertical explosiveness, length, and open-floor ability on the hardwood.
I. AAU & SELF ANALYSIS
EM: You’re running with D1 Minnesota on the Adidas Gauntlet circuit, can you tell us about how things are going as a team and for your individually?
RT: The team is 7 and 1 in the Gauntlet. We lost a game we should have won, but we came back the next day and won. Individually, I am playing well. I started out with knee problems but they are getting better everyday.
EM: Can you describe your game for those that are not familiar and what parts of your game do you work on?
RT: My game is like a power forward that can get a rebound and play the point on a fast break. I play above the rim and can shoot the 3. I need to keep working on shooting and getting stronger.
— Courtside Films (@CourtsideFilms) May 14, 2016
II. ACADEMICS AND OFF-COURT INTERESTS
EM: Can we talk a bit about your interests as a student, what is your favorite subject?
RT: My favorite subject is biology.
EM: If you have any idea, what do you plan to major in when attending college?
RT: I don’t know what I plan on doing for my major.
EM: What are your interests off the court?
RT: I like hanging with my friends and playing NBA 2k.
D1 Minnesota 2018 6-6 PF Race Thompson is doing work in post. 6-6 natually strong that is powerful around hoop. Plays above rim! #BatL2016
— Scott Burgess (@scottybscout) May 14, 2016
Race Thompson almost smashes a backboard and then a floorboard. D1 by 30 12 left
— TC Hoops Czar (@tchoopsczar) May 14, 2016
EM: Shifting a bit to recruiting, can you tell us which schools have offered you?
RT: Minnesota and North Dakota
EM: Which schools show interest that haven’t yet offered:
RT: Iowa State, Iowa, Northwestern, Marquette
EM: Any visits or team camps lined up in the near future?
RT: I just visited Iowa State but there are no other visits planned at the moment.
EM: What factors are important to you and your family when making your college decision?
RT: The way coaches talk to their players and the type of relationships they have with each other.
— Master Splinter (@IndiJarrell) April 10, 2016
IV. PERSONAL GOALS & ADVICE
EM: Last, if you could give the youth some advice on how to succeed either on or off the court, what would you say?
RT: Take care of your school grades, it makes everything easier.
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