BC Commit Forward Gianni Thompson Signs NLI

A.J. Black

Boston College men's basketball announced that forward Gianni Thompson has signed his national letter of intent. Thompson, a 6-8, 205 lb. forward, is rated as a four-star recruit and the 34th-best forward nationally by ESPN.com and is ranked 136th nationally - 23rd among power forwards - by 247Sports.com. He chose the Eagles over offers from Penn State, Temple, Providence, Richmond, and Virginia Tech.

Thompson is a '21 recruit and will be eligible to start playing for the Eagles next season. He will be an important piece moving forward, especially after Steffon Mitchell graduates after the upcoming season.  

Here is what other have had to say about Thompson (via BCEagles press release):

Boston College has landed a gem. Gianni Thompson is an intelligent, high character and exceptional basketball talent with extraordinary determination and work ethic. He is extremely versatile and can knock down the long ball, make difficult shots coming off screens, take a defender to the post, and then can beat his opponent off the dribble and finish at the rim. Not only is he versatile on offense but can also cover multiple positions on defense and use his athletic and physical body to rebound the basketball in traffic. As a result of all these special attributes, Gianni will be an impact player at Boston College very early in his career. Best of all, he will make a positive impact at Boston College that will go well beyond his contribution on the basketball court.
- Vin Pastore, CEO of Mass Rivals AAU

Gianni Thompson has been one of the hardest working guys I have had. He has improved so much over the last few years, because he continually showed up to the gym and refused to give up. He's only scratching the surface of his ability and with his work ethic it's only a matter of time before he gets there. The opportunity for a Boston kid - especially one who has gone to school in Chestnut Hill for the last four years - to end up going to Boston College is a dream come true. I am ecstatic that I was apart of his journey.
-- Tom Nelson, Head Coach, Brimmer and May

Gianni Thompson is one of the best seniors in New England. He checks a lot of boxes with his size, build, athleticism, and skill-set. He's a prospect that has continued to get better with each year and that's a tribute to both his work-ethic but also his coach, Tom Nelson. He's now a versatile forward who has a terrific pull-up game and can also stretch the floor. I would expect him to be able to play immediate minutes from day one for B.C. and potentially be able to develop into more of an offensive focal point a couple of years down the road.
-- Adam Finkelstein, ESPN.com Recruiting Analyst, founder of New England Recruiting Report, and host of The Upside Podcast

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Comments (11)
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1987Hilltopper
1987Hilltopper

No-- 1 recruit as Steff and the Grad transfers pick up an extra year. Not a bad lineup but probably to late unless they somehow when a few in this brutal schedule in 2020-21

1987Hilltopper
1987Hilltopper

No ... One recruit as Mitchel and most of the grad transfers will be back next year

2001Eagle
2001Eagle

Most importantly, I’m happy to see Gianni sign on. He’s an outstanding recruit and we are lucky to have him.

Now let’s suspend reality for a second and pretend Christian is returning. I was assuming that after this season, we’d have to replace Luka, Steff, and 3 or 4 post grads. That’s not even counting any potential transfers. But now ALL these guys can come back. Will they? Will want them? And will we offer some (like steff) that opportunity and tell others (like Luka) to hit the road? The last approach is the best one from a competitive standpoint, but I could see the administration not wanting to go that way. And maybe hoops just has to follow whatever standard football sets and I’d imagine Hafley kind of just wants guys to move on so he can bring in more of his guys?

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NewtonBus
NewtonBus

So, I'm of two minds:

  1. Only landing one kid in this class, and not landing someone who could guard legit bigs is a problem, and really puts us behind the 8-ball.
NewtonBus
NewtonBus

(didn't mean to submit)
2. Christian and co. know that polished bigs that can contribute right away are 5-stars and aren't coming to BC. He takes one kid he thinks can develop every other cycle (in this case, Vander Bean) recruits perimeter guys that can score and develop, gets known as someone who puts guards in the draft, and fills out the roster with transfers because he knows he can do well in the transfer market because he can offer ACC + minutes. These guys are designed to rebound, defend, and occasionally catch a pass and dunk. There are way more of these big transfers ready to contribute than freshman bigs, so go where there's a market imbalance.

2001Eagle
2001Eagle

I'd never thought about it in those terms, but it makes sense. I guess I don't mind relying on the grad transfer route to find bigs. I mean, since Sean Williams left, how many 6'10"+ guys have we had that were ACC caliber players? Is Dennis Clifford the beginning and end of that list?

A.J. Black
A.J. Black

Editor

Pretty much.

NewtonBus
NewtonBus

Pop

2001Eagle
2001Eagle

How quickly I forget. His senior year kinda tarnished things for me, but he was pretty good at certain points of his career.

NewtonBus
NewtonBus

For sure. Junior year, he was 14 pts 7 rebounds, 1 asst, 1 block. That's a legit ACC center! I think we all hope for a 17-10 senior year, and instead he went so far backwards. You never get injury information in college, but it seems like he was legitimately injured for long stretches.

FlatbreadsFan
FlatbreadsFan

Christian going with the bold strategy of one good player and four guys from the stands apparently.


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