Thompson put his name in the draft on April 21 in an effort to gain feedback on his professional prospects. He informed Coach John Thompson III of his decision to stay in school at 9 p.m. Sunday, four hours before the deadline for making a choice, the source said.
Because a player can only declare for the draft once, the 6 foot 7, 205 pound guard-forward from Los Angeles won’t have that option after next season.
Thompson started the first 19 games last season and averaged 8.6 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. His best performance came on a national stage in Chicago, where he scored 26 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the Hoyas’ first-round NCAA tournament loss to Virginia Commonwealth.
With seniors Austin Freeman, Chris Wright and Julian Vaughn set to graduate, Thompson is expected to carry the scoring load for the Hoyas along with junior Jason Clark, who averaged 12 points per game.