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Rutgers women’s basketball signs 4-star PG Lisa Thompson



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Rutgers women’s basketball announced the signing of 4-star point guard Lisa Thompson on Wednesday. She is ranked the No. 60 prospect in the 2023 class per ESPNW.

Thompson was heavily recruited and had three dozen offers initially including national power South Carolina. She was also originally offered by Rutgers under former head coach C. Vivian Stringer. Thompson closed in on a final six of NC State, Boston College, DePaul, Florida State, Michigan State and Mississippi State. The Joliet, Illinois native originally chose to stay home and committed to DePaul. However, Thompson announced she was reopening her recruitment in April.

Credit Washington and her staff for landing a top prospect in the 2023 class so late in the recruiting cycle. Thompson is a versatile and athletic scoring point guard who can defend multiple positions.

“We are truly fortunate to add a player like Lisa Thompson to our roster,” Washington said. “Lisa is one of the most athletically gifted players in the entire 2023 class. She has an impressive vertical jump and really gets after it on the defensive end. She also scores the ball in droves, especially on slashing attacks to the basket. (Thompson) is definitely going to add lots of spice to our transition attack.”

The 5’9″ point guard led Example Academy to the 2023 Independent National Championship. She attended Joliet West High School in her first three seasons and led them three consecutive conference championships her first three seasons. Thompson was a McDonald’s All-American Nominee and was invited to the USA Women’s U17 World Cup Team Trials. She was a the two-time Herald News Player of the Year and two-time Illinois All-State selection. Academically, she was an honor roll student all four years of high school.

In addition to Thompson, Rutgers has added former McDonald’s All-American Destiny Adams and former 4-star Mya Petticord as transfers to next season’s roster. The program also received a verbal commitment from 4-star forward Zachara Perkins in the 2024 class earlier this month.

It’s been a very productive offseason on the recruiting trail so far for Washington and her staff. For a more detailed roster review for Rutgers women’s basketball heading into the 2023-2024 season, click here.

You can watch select highlights of Thompson from last season here.

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  1. InPikeWeTrust

    May 17, 2023 at 6:07 pm

    Wow! This program is moving in the right direction…fast!

    • pj43

      May 18, 2023 at 12:04 pm

      Amen! And did you notice in the highlight reel that she actually seems to be able to finish at the rim? Coach Washington seems to be putting a POTENTIALLY nice core of talent together. Great work by her & her staff reinvigorating this program and giving Rutgers followers reason for excitement.

  2. RUinChiTown

    May 26, 2023 at 11:30 am

    Impressive! It appears, despite a couple of “down” years, Coach CW has been very successful recruiting top prospects and transfers to RU. Let’s hope these additions get us >.500 this coming season.

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