His brother PJ has been part of the Purdue program for years. Isaiah Thompson isn’t new to Matt Painter’s program as he’s been following it through his brother’s career.
Last January, Isaiah became Matt Painter’s first commit for the 2019 class, then he was joined by Mason Gillis and Brandon Newman.
“The relationships I had with the players and the coaching staff really separated them from a lot of other schools,” Thompson said.
“Coach Painter really cares about his players and wants the best for them not only in basketball, but in life so why wouldn’t I want to play for a coach like that?.”
As for the entire 2019 class, Thompson’s relationship with this class didn’t just begin once they committed, it started two years ago.
“Brandon [Newman] and I played in the summer together two years ago so we’ve always been close and it really started to pick up this summer because I knew he was someone that I was recruiting to come here. That’s my guy right there.”
“With Mason [Gillis], I’ve always known who he was but our relationship started to pick up during our Indiana all-stars week in the summer. I also was recruiting him to come to Purdue. He’s also a really good player but a even better person.”
“I just can’t wait to play with them next year.”
Most recently Thompson got a chance to be back on campus for a huge game. The Boilermakers faced off against Big 10 rival, Michigan State. The Spartans were ranked sixth headed into this game, that didn’t stop Matt Painter and his crew.
Purdue won the game and had momentum the entire game.
“The atmosphere of that game was unreal. I could barely hear the person next to me at times! The way Purdue was competing was really good to see, especially against one of the best teams in the country.”
Finally, Thompson told me his message to Purdue fans: “My message to Purdue fans is pretty simple: I can’t wait to play in front of the best fans in the country and bring you guys what you want!”