Plain and simple, Virginia point guard and Pitt commit Aaron Thompson is a winner.
For four seasons in high school at Paul VI Catholic (Fairfax, Virginia), Thompson has produced on the court, which in turn has led to victories for his team.
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This morning, I had the chance to catch up with the future Pitt point guard and asked him the meaning of earning this distinction.
“It’s really special to me. I’ve been here all four years so it’s my second home. It’s important to me that I’ve been able to leave my mark here, not so much as a stats guy but as someone that’s been able to bring my school wins. Personally, it’s important to me to show others that I was a winner since I’ve done that all four years of school,” said Thompson.
Can you get the feeling that winning is important to Aaron Thompson?
As you can see from the graphic above, Thompson is a do everything point guard. He’s not a player that’s going to consistently lead the team in scoring but what he will do is do everything really well which most times leads to wins.
“Being versatile on the court makes you valuable not so much being a scorer but I want to be a player that’s fills up every box on the stat sheet. I want to bring value to my team. I’ll do anything possible for my team to get a win whether its distribute, rebound, take the charge, I’ll do it all to win,” said Thompson.
This season, Thompson led his team to a record of 27-5 before losing in the conference championship game on Monday to Gonzaga.
Next up for Thompson and the other incoming freshman is the challenge of making sure that this down season doesn’t become the new norm for Pitt basketball.
Considering the amount of graduation and turnover that’s expected after the season, Thompson won’t have long to wait to put an immediate mark on his new basketball home.
“Next year there’s going to be a lot of fresh faces, a breath of fresh air next year, a new atmosphere. I don’t know what’s going to happen, I just know that we’re going to come in and work hard, be hard-nosed and do whatever Coach Stallings wants us to do,” said Thompson.
“I’m going to welcome the challenge. Nothing is going to be given to us. I think it’s going to be fun knowing that I’ll have an opportunity and there won’t be a log-jam of older guys that I’ll have to play behind. I’ll have the opportunity to get minutes my freshman year if I show the coaches what I can do.”