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Thompson Firm On UL Commitment
"No doubt about it, the way the guys treated me as family and wanted me to be part of the program really helped me make my decision," Thompson stated. When I came in and spent time with some of team, there wasn't a concern about me coming in and playing, but it was more about me fitting in with the team and how they accepted me in the end."
What did the coaches say once he contacted them with the news?
"The coaches were very happy that I made my final decision to become part of the program," said Alan. "First thing Coach Marlin said was welcome to the Cajun family and we are very happy to have you in the program. My relationship with the coaching staff has made the decision to commit now feel right for me and my parents."
Thompson and his father are very close, how did his parents react to his decision?
"My dad has my back regardless of what decision I would have made," Thompson stated. We talked about it for about an hour last night and discussed what I would tell the coaches when I called to make my commitment. He is happy for me and he will make trips down to Lafayette to watch me play."
Alan-Michael Thompson averaged 16 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game this past season. He shot 33 percent from behind the 3-point line and shot 89 percent from the free throw line. For his efforts on the court, he was named All-Region X first-team.
Several other factors came in to play in helping Thompson make his decision to play for UL.
"Besides the team and coaching staff, I looked at the number of junior college signees that Middle Tennessee has signed in this class and how I fit in with the type of system in place at each school," said Alan. "I'm a better fit in the system UL runs with the motion and screening, and they need some scoring help in the backcourt. Those factors along with the others helped me make the best decision for my future,"
Thompson mentioned that he has offers from MTSU, Eastern Illinois, Morehead State and South Carolina State. But with his decision today, he is relieved to have the pressure of recruiting gone.
"Committing to UL has been like I have released a huge amount of stress from my life now," Thompson stated. Now I can focus on finishing strong in school and graduating in May. I'm going to enroll in summer school at UL and get my feet wet in college down in Lafayette. I will have the time to get settled and get started in workouts with the rest of the team before fall semester."
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