Top 50 Boys Hoops: #17 Naylon Thompson

The last couple of years have been bumpy ones for Bishop Luers, with two different coaches in two seasons, not being able to pick up needed traction to compete with the elite of the Summit Athletic Conference. They started to be able to do so late last season and with a returning coach and the lead talent of Naylon Thompson, Bishop Luers could be primed for a breakout year.

Thompson plays very calm for a player so athletically inclined. He can do flashy things, but leaves the braggadocio for others. He averaged 15.9 points, which was a team high for players with 6 or more games on their resume and did so shooting 49 percent from two point range. Thompson also led the Knights last season in rebounds (4.8), assists (2.2) and steals (2.6) per game. He effects the game evenly on both ends of the floor. He is the type of player who seems almost most equipped for the way that modern high school basketball is becoming with an emphasis on getting baskets running off screens.

Thompson, positionally, has good size and its quite possible that we haven’t come close to seeing his ceiling yet. Can he break out of his current gear (a high one) to be a better overall talent? All signs point to yes and what the next step looks like will mean a lot to his future on the court and the Knights’ chance to rise back to the top in the SAC and eventually perhaps the state.

“After a great summer for us and for his AAU team, I feel like Naylon’s growth as a leader and player will help us achieve a lot of success. His ability to score, defend, and get his teammates involved will be one of the keys to us being better,” says Bishop Luers coach Fonso White.

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