Great writeup, thanks. I'm holding out hope for Beal. I think we have a better shot at him than any of the other 5 stars in 2011.
As for Thompson, there has been some buzz with him and Illinois recently.
Oregon State University has long been considered by many to be the leader for 6'5 off-guard Sam Thompson from Whitney Young High School in Chicago and there is no question that the Beavers remain right near the top of Thompson's list. However, the University Of Illinois has picked up considerable momentum and at the present time are right there as well. In fact, it would not surprise us whatsoever if Thompson also decides to join the Midnight Madness festivities in Champaign next weekend. With all of this being said, Thompson is still looking at a number of schools and therefore it is important to emphasize that his recruitment is still a long way from being over.