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‘The Staff is Great’: 2025 Forward Chase Thompson Recaps WVU Visit

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Chase Thompson

2025 three-star forward Chase Thompson is entering his senior year at Alexandria Area High School in Minnesota but his recruitment is beginning to pick up. West Virginia’s new staff under head coach Darian DeVries hosted Thompson for an official visit just a few weeks after offering the 6-foot-8 recruit.

Thompson spoke with WV Sports Now about his trip to Morgantown and had high praise for DeVries and the coaching staff.

“My initial thoughts on coach DeVries were how well he ran practice and how he was kind of a perfectionist, like me. He addressed problems during practice and critiqued guys to do things the right way,” Thompson said. “The staff is also great. Great conversation over breakfast and dinner, and what I like the most is that most of them are former collegiate and pro players.”

Thompson caught the eye of DeVries and WVU assistant Kory Barnett during a weekend in Texas, and his play resulted in an offer from the Mountaineer staff. The Alexandria, Mn. native is working on scheduling an official visit with Iowa as well.

“My parents and I decided to send Iowa and West Virginia the dates that could work for official visits and we got one set up with them quickly,” he said.

Chase Thompson

During his recruitment, Thompson has picked up offers from Appalachian State, Bryant, Iowa, Nebraska, Stetson, Toledo, West Virginia and others. 247 Sports ranks Thompson as the No. 169 prospect in the 2025 class and the third-best in the state of Minnesota. On3 Sports and Rivals have Thompson in the top-150. Thompson also plays quarterback for his high school football team and has been invited to camps with Iowa State, Minnesota, South Dakota State and others.

Thompson wasn’t recruited by West Virginia’s prior staff under Bob Huggins and Josh Eilert, but learned more about the program during his visit.

“I honestly didn’t know much about West Virginia coming into the visit, but some things did stick out to me. I really liked how Morgantown has a small town feel, but it is also a college town, so they get a lot of support from their fans,” Thompson said.

Thompson led Alexandria Area HS to a Minnesota Section 8AAA Championship, highlighted by a career-high 37 points in the semifinals. Thompson sees his play style a lot like a current Mountaineer: Tucker DeVries.

“To put my play style into the perspective of West Virginia fans, I think of Tucker DeVries. I got to watch him workout and I think I play a lot like him. Very high IQ, making the right play, and we both have size and can stretch the floor,” he said.

Thompson does not have a timeline for finalizing his recruitment. WVSN will keep you up to date with Thompson and other West Virginia basketball recruits.

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