School: Central Cabarrus
Travel Team: Team United
Freshman Season: 6.7 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 2.7 APG, 2.7 SPG
Sophomore Season: 12.9 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 3.2 APG, 2.4 SPG
Junior Season: 19.8 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 3.6 APG, 3.6 SPG, 55% FG
What Was Recently Said (2/28/22): Winning is simply impossible to ignore, and Thompson has clearly been a main catalyst for the undefeated Vikings. He’s leading the team in points and rebounds while showcasing playmaking instincts and the ability to embrace his part within their three-headed defensive monster. Thompson is quick, scrappy, and plays with a high motor on both ends of the floor. He consistently forces turnovers and pushes transition play, where he’s proven to be a reliable passer and finisher. Thompson is arguably at his best when attacking the basket and finishing or accessing in-between scoring moves (floaters, runners, etc.), but can also create for others or pull-up from midrange. He also rebounds bigger than his size would imply.
Though we said it on Tuesday, Thompson is clearly a major part of the three-headed monster at Central Cabarrus. He’s a tough, gritty, team-oriented guard who understands how to play hard and outwork his assignment on both ends of the floor. Thompson is quick, heady, and knows how to make plays in the open floor or half-court. He’s a pesky defender who forces turnovers and makes proper decisions with the ball in his hands. Though slightly undersized, Thompson is definitely worthy of attention from scholarship-level coaches.
What To Expect:
Staying in line with the previous entries, Jaiden Thompson is someone who should probably have more action within his recruitment. He’s a smart, tough, scrappy guard prospect with a pretty well-rounded identity and unselfish approach to the game. Thompson is a reliable playmaker with a quality handle, strong penetration instincts, and the ability to actively toggle between either backcourt position. He’s a great finisher, midrange shooter, and overall decision-maker with the ball in his hands. Thompson is a solid three-point shooter, but looks to make plays within the arc whenever possible. He offers excellent defensive prowess, displaying the necessary instincts to overwhelm his assignment and force turnovers at a high volume. Thompson is very impactful, both in transition and the open floor, and simply always seems to find success with any collection of teammates. He’s definitely a scholarship-worthy prospect who should see an uptick in his recruitment over the coming months. Expect Thompson to have a very productive senior campaign.