Kansas transfer Bryce Thompson feels at household with OSU

STILLWATER — Bryce Thompson refuses to contact final time a bad knowledge.

He experienced two injuries. He dropped self-confidence in his shot. He struggled to uncover his position in Kansas mentor Bill Self’s procedure.

That’s more than enough to make any player depressing.

“I just feel a ton of points did not go my way,” Thompson instructed The Oklahoman. “It was just kinda up and down.”

But it unquestionably was a finding out experience.

A lot more than a yr immediately after spurning Oklahoma State for the Jayhawks, Thompson is now a member of the Cowboys’ basketball crew, the result of a rough time and the capability to remedy that by means of the transfer portal. 

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He’s a various player and particular person, potentially far more humble.

But soon after one particular week of exercises on campus, Thompson feels at peace. He understands he has a chance for a do-above.

“No tale is likely to be ideal,” Thompson claimed. “It’s heading to make the tale a great deal improved staying equipped to occur again home and with any luck , do properly and set on for (the state of) Oklahoma.”

Thompson, a 6-foot-5, 195-pound guard, certainly has the skill to make last year a footnote in his vocation.

Bryce Thompson visited Gallagher-Iba Arena last season with the Jayhawks, but Oklahoma State beat Kansas 75-70.

At Tulsa Booker T. Washington Large School, he was a 5-star recruit, McDonald’s All-American and The Oklahoman‘s Tremendous 5 Participant of the 12 months. He was the state’s Gatorade Participant of the Calendar year 2 times. He gained a state championship and wowed fans with his outstanding athleticism.

Deciding on Kansas in excess of OSU, OU and other individuals was no surprise. Thompson’s father, Rod, was Self’s initially place guard at Tulsa. Bryce’s grandfather Marshall Rogers performed at Kansas in 1973.

The match felt suitable until eventually it did not.

Bryce scored a career-best 12 points in the time opener in opposition to Gonzaga. He started the next activity of the time towards Saint Joseph’s, scored 7 factors and grabbed four rebounds.

But he still never felt solely snug in the procedure.

Then coming off the holiday getaway split, he cracked a vertebrae in his reduced again. He returned on Jan. 12 at OSU, but broke his proper index finger. He missed 10 full video games.