Blackman PG Darius Thompson talks Tennessee
MURFREESBORO — Darius Thompson, the 6-foot-4 senior point guard from Blackman High School, had much to process in a short time Wednesday afternoon.
He entered the day thinking his team had a chance at making a run this week at a Class AAA state championship.
But after Brentwood rallied from an 18-point halftime deficit to eliminate Blackman (30-1) in the quarterfinals at Middle Tennessee State University, Thompson briefly thought of and spoke about his future — which could feature him playing at Tennessee.
Thompson decommitted from Vanderbilt in mid-February, and he’s hearing from Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin and Martin’s staff “at least once or twice a week.”
“I have two (official) visits left,” said Thompson. “I know the first one, I’m going to Tennessee (to visit). I haven’t decided where I’m going to take the second one.”
Added Thompson: “I really like Coach Martin and Tennessee as a program.”
The signing period begins April 17.
Thompson averaged 15 points and six assists per game this season. The Class AAA Mr. Basketball finalist had 18 points, six rebounds and five assists in the 52-49 loss to Brentwood.
But now that his high school playing days are over, Thompson’s goals for college are now on the front burner.
“In college, I want to play point guard,” said Thompson. “My goal in college is to develop from my freshman year to my senior year and hopefully make it to the NBA — or somewhere to play basketball the rest of my life.
“But my main goal in college is to get to the (NCAA) tournament every year I’m there.”