Bryce Thompson visited the state of Oklahoma | Tale of Tait
Former Kansas basketball player Bryce Thompson remains in the Big 12 Conference.
Thompson, a former five-star prospect from Tulsa, Okla., Who played his first season at KU, chose Oklahoma State over Oklahoma and new head coach Porter Moser and Frank Haith’s Tulsa program, exemplifying a strong desire to stay close to home for his second stint in college basketball.
However, according to Jason Jordan of SI.com, it wasn’t all about staying close to home.
“I really trust the coach (OSU) [Mike] Boynton, ”Thompson told Jordan. “He did a great job recruiting me and making it known that he wanted me and that I could make an impact. It was the most comfortable place for me, and it’s the best decision.
The Cowboys were on Thompson’s list of finalists when he picked Kansas in his senior season at Booker T. Washington High.
Thompson also told Jordan that OSU’s playstyle was a factor in his decision.
“It’s one thing for a coach to say he likes to play fast and shoot three,” he told Jordan. “But I saw it firsthand when we faced them this year,” said Thompson.
Thompson ended his injury-plagued first season in Kansas averaging 4.6 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game and shot 35.3 percent from the field.
The former McDonald’s All-American is the second former Jayhawk to transfer to the conference this offseason. Tristan Enaruna landed in Iowa state earlier this spring. Both players will be able to play immediately thanks to the NCAA’s new unique transfer exemption rule that was recently adopted.
That means the Jayhawks will face Thompson and Enaruna at least twice during the 2021-22 season.
Former Jayhawks Tyon Grant-Foster, Latrell Jossell and Gethro Muscadin also left the KU program this offseason, moving to DePaul, Stephen F. Austin and New Mexico respectively.