Pittsburgh’s 2017 recruiting class took a big hit on Friday as Paul VI guard Aaron Thompson was granted a release from his letter of intent.
Thompson, who is ranked the No. 35 point guard in the 2017 class by 247sports, committed to the Panthers last May and signed with the team during the early signing Period in November.
The three-star guard averaging 10.9 points per game, while leading Paul VI to the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship, where the Panthers lost to Gonzaga. Thompson was named First Team All-Met by the Washington Post in March.
Thompson’s former Paul VI teammate Corey Manigault, announced his decision to transfer from Pittsburgh after playing one season. Manigault is one of four players that decided to take their talents elsewhere.
Pittsburgh’s recruiting class is down to five players after Thompson’s departure.
Thompson had a handful of Division I offers before committing to Pittsburgh. Schools like UCF, Dayton, VCU, SMU, Richmond, Rice, Penn State, Nebraska, Miami, Georgia Tech, and others were trying to pursue him.
With plenty of options to choose from, it will be interesting to see where he lands.