During a visit to Tulsa this week, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo visited the home of Booker T. Washington basketball star Bryce Thompson. Izzo offered a scholarship to the 6-foot-4 Thompson, the Gatorade Oklahoma Player of the Year. Courtesy photo

Bryce Thompson’s recruiting profile has been taken to a higher level.

Visiting Thompson’s home this week were Texas coach Shaka Smart, University of Tulsa coach Frank Haith, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo and North Carolina assistant Steve Robinson.

From blue bloods Michigan State and North Carolina, there were scholarship offers for the 6-foot-4 Thompson, a Booker T. Washington junior rated by 247 Sports as Oklahoma’s No. 1 recruit in the class of 2020.

Nationally, 247 Sports has him at No. 15 among shooting guards.

There also were offers this week from Notre Dame and Nebraska. The most involved of the Notre Dame coaches is assistant Ryan Humphrey, who during the ’90s was a Booker T. Washington superstar.

It was significant that Robinson, and not Tar Heels coach Roy Williams, traveled to Tulsa to meet with Thompson and his family.

“A great in-home visit,” Bryce Thompson tweeted on Friday afternoon.

During the 1995-96 and 1996-97 seasons, Robinson was TU’s head coach. Rod Thompson, Bryce Thompson’s father, was a point guard for those Robinson teams.

A lot can happen between now and the end of the summer – when Bryce Thompson is expected to announce a commitment – but these schools are among his current options: Kansas, TU, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, Michigan State, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Nebraska.

There have been offers also from Oral Roberts, Minnesota, Wichita State, Houston, Iowa, Texas A&M, TCU , DePaul and Colorado.

The Kansas offer was delivered by coach Bill Self 13 months ago. After Robinson left TU in 1997, Self became the Golden Hurricane’s head man. In 1997-98, Self’s senior point guard was Rod Thompson.

During the 2018-19 season, Bryce Thompson averaged 19.6 points for the Class 6A champion Hornets. He was named the Gatorade Oklahoma Player of the Year.

His Booker T. Washington backcourt running mate, Trey Phipps, has been committed to TU for a full year. During the Hornets’ 6A championship victory over Putnam City North, Phipps scored 42 points.

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Bill joined the Tulsa World in 1990. Prior to having become a sports columnist in 2016, he was the only sports writer in Tulsa World history to have covered OU, OSU, the University of Tulsa and Oral Roberts sports on an everyday basis. Phone: 918-581-8397