When Toree Thompson looks back on her four-year high school journey, the toughness of it immediately comes to mind.
There were three different schools in four years.
Her recruiting journey resulted in her initial commitment changing.
But finally, good news came in the form of a 28-0 senior season and Class 6A championship filled with clutch performances, earning the guard The Oklahoman’s Super 5 Player of the Year honors.
“It was a tough journey,” Thompson said. “On the outside looking in, it may have looked like a perfect season but we did face adversity. Every team faces adversity, but we worked through it and were able to come together on the court and release everything.”
Thompson certainly knows adversity.
She began her high school career at Tulsa Edison, but after one year she was looking for a better environment. She then moved to Jenks, but that also lasted just one season.
The perfect home became Broken Arrow, though. She and her family moved there her junior year and instantly felt comfortable.
“I think my junior year whenever I went to Broken Arrow I started to turn the corner and have more confidence in myself and stuff like that,” Thompson said. “I had a lot of support with the athletic directors and everybody helping me. I think that helped a lot, too.”
The Tigers fell short of the championship last year. This year, however, Thompson was unstoppable alongside move-ins Ashlyn McBride and Jordan Doyle. Thompson averaged 22 points and 4.4 rebounds per game, leading the Tigers in nearly every statistical category.
“We’ve had several move-ins, which was weird,” Broken Arrow coach Mike Hughes said. “It really put a good nucleus around her and really took a lot of pressure off her from the previous year. The previous year she had to score and could not get in foul trouble. It kind of limited her in a lot of things she’s good at.”
Thompson is good at a lot of things on the court, too. The 5-foot-9 left-hander has a great shot, can handle the basketball well and is a tough defender.
And as Hughes put it, she has ice water running through her veins.
Choctaw saw that firsthand in the Class 6A semifinals. The Yellowjackets led Broken Arrow by three points with 30 seconds remaining. Thompson, though, buried a 3-pointer to tie the game and then later delivered the game-winning layup as time expired after Amari Dennis’ steal. Broken Arrow then routed Edmond Santa Fe in the championship the next day.
“That had to be the most exciting 25 seconds of my life and it felt like a dream,” Thompson said. “I knew I had to take the shot and I just carried my team, relaxed and hit the shot.”
Her clutch ability will be huge at the next level, though the recruiting process was another tough journey.
Thompson initially verbally committed to Washington, but later switched to Ole Miss (where she signed this year) because of family reasons. Many people, though, felt it was the right move, much like moving to Broken Arrow.
“She’s a kid that really knows what she wants,” Hughes said. “I’m sure that there was a very good reason for her switching, but I look for her to do really good things there. I really think the style they’re going to play really fits what she does.”
Thompson said she likes the Ole Miss coaching staff and feels she can have immediate success.
She also said that’s her final change, ending a lengthy and tough journey.
“I’m done switching now,” she said with a big smile.