P.J. Thompson has to lead his team

INDIANAPOLIS — Spiece Indy Heat is not lacking for talent. At full strength, the team made up of 2014 prospects (but playing up a level this year) features Indiana commits Trey Lyles and James Blackmon Jr., plus top in-state prospects like Trevon Bluiett and Jaquan Lyle.

That leaves P.J. Thompson, a 5-foot-10 point guard, to keep everyone happy and involved.

“With some of the top players in the country, some of the top players in the state, for me to stick out I need to be a good leader and make good passes for my teammates,” Thompson said. “… They make it easy on me. If I make a good pass, I know they’ll knock it down.”

It’s early in the recruiting process for Thompson and there are no scholarship offers, but he is hearing from Indiana, Purdue, Xavier, Butler, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, Illinois, Stanford and Tennessee.

Coaches from many of those schools were in the stands this week at the adidas Invitational.

“I get really excited,” Thompson said. “Knowing that all of the college coaches are going to come and watch us, that just makes us want to win even more.”

The coaches have told Thompson they want to see him be a leader, but also play tough defense and be aggressive in looking for his own offensive opportunities.

“Just making plays,” Thompson said, “is what they want to see.”