Eric Thompson (basketball)

Eric Thompson (born August 4, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for CSO Voluntari of the Liga Națională. He played college basketball for Lake Michigan, Saddleback and the University of the Pacific before playing professionally in Germany, Switzerland, China, Japan and Israel.

Eric Thompson
No. 32 – CSO Voluntari
PositionCenter
LeagueLiga Națională
Personal information
Born (1993-08-04) August 4, 1993 (age 29)
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight241 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High schoolClawson (Clawson, Michigan)
College
NBA draft2016 / Undrafted
Playing career2016–present
Career history
2016–2017ETB Schwarz-Weiß
2017–2018Swiss Central
2018Hefei Yuanchuang
2018–2019Hiroshima Dragonflies
2019Kagawa Five Arrows
2019–2020Hapoel Eilat
2020–2021Incheon Electroland Elephants
2021–presentCSO Voluntari
Career highlights and awards

Early life and college careerEdit

Thompson attended Pontiac High School in Pontiac, Michigan. He started his college basketball career at Lake Michigan College, where he averaged 9.7 points, 9.6 rebounds, 1.9 blocks and 1.2 steals per game, while shooting 55 percent from the field for the Red Hawks.[1]

Thompson transferred to Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, California after redshirting in the 2012–13 season. Thompson led Saddleback to 24 wins, leading the team with 12.7 points and 8.6 rebounds (15th in state) per game. Thompson went on to play his final two years of college at the University of the Pacific, where he averaged 9.9 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1 block per game in his senior year.[1]

Professional careerEdit

2016–17 seasonEdit

On July 4, 2016, Thompson started his professional career with ETB Schwarz-Weiß of the German ProA.[2] In 30 games played during the 2016–17 season, he averaged 10 points and 8 rebounds per game.

2017–18 seasonEdit

On September 5, 2017, Thompson signed a one-year deal with Swiss Central Basket Luzern of the Swiss Basketball League. On March 4, 2018, Thompson recorded a double-double with a season-high 27 points and 15 rebounds, shooting 10-of-13 from the field, in a 75–83 loss to SAM Basket Massagno.[3] In 25 games played for Luzern, he averaged a double-double of 16.2 points and 11.2 rebounds, while shooting 63.3 percent from the field.

On June 13, 2018, Thompson signed with Hefei Yuanchuang of the Chinese NBL for the 2018 season.[4] On July 11, 2018, Thompson recorded a career-high 42 points, shooting 16-of-24 from the field, along with 23 rebounds and three blocks in a 119–150 loss to Hebei Xianglan.[5] In 25 games played for Hefei, he averaged an impressive 23 points and 20 rebounds per game, while shooting 69.6 percent from the field.

2018–19 seasonEdit

On September 18, 2019, Thompson signed with the Hiroshima Dragonflies of the Japanese B.League.[6] On February 10, 2019, Thompson parted ways with the Dragonflies to join the Kagawa Five Arrows for the rest of the season.[7] On March 2, 2019, Thompson recorded a double-double of 24 points and 21 rebounds for 45 PIR, leading the Arrows to an 82–65 win over the Shinshu Brave Warriors.[8] He was subsequently named the B.League Round 44 Best Performer.[9] In 17 games played for the Arrows, he averaged 16.1 points and 14.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game.

2019–20 seasonEdit

On August 28, 2019, Thompson signed a one-year deal with Hapoel Eilat of the Israeli Premier League.[10] Thompson averaged 11.6 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.[11]

2020–21 seasonEdit

On July 8, Thompson signed with Incheon Electroland Elephants of the Korean Basketball League.[11]

2021–22 seasonEdit

On August 4, 2021, he has signed with CSO Voluntari of the Liga Națională.[12] On February 17, 2022, Voluntari won the Romanian Cup after a final in which Thompson scored 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds.[13]

Career StatisticsEdit

Legend
  GP Games played  MPG  Minutes per game  FG%  Field goal percentage
 3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage  RPG  Rebounds per game
 APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game  BPG  Blocks per game
 PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high     Led the league
Year Team League GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2016-17 ETB Wohnbau Baskets ProA 30 23.8 .529 .000 .626 8.0 .8 .8 .9 10.0
2017-18 Swiss Central Basket Swiss League 23 29.4 .649 .000 .605 11.0 .9 .8 1.0 15.9
2017-18 Hefei Yuanchuang NBL-China 25 42.2 .685 .000 .653 20.0 1.6 .8 1.2 23.0
2018-19 Hiroshima / Kagawa B.League 47 31.8 .603 .000 .568 11.8 2.0 .8 .5 13.4
2019-20 Hapoel Eilat IPL 21 28.9 .525 .000 .589 9.3 1.1 .8 .7 11.6
Career All Leagues 146 31.1 .611 .000 .607 11.9 1.4 .8 .8 14.5

Awards and accomplishmentsEdit

Voluntari

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Eric Thompson - University of the Pacific". PacificTigers.com. Retrieved September 9, 2019.
  2. ^ "Eric Thompson neuer Big Man für Essen". 2BasketballBundesliga.de (in German). July 4, 2016. Retrieved September 9, 2019.
  3. ^ "Swiss Central Basket Luzern 75 at SAM Basket Massagno 83". RealGM.com. March 4, 2018. Retrieved September 9, 2019.
  4. ^ "Eric Thompson spielt in der chinesischen NBL". Swiss.Basketball (in German). June 13, 2018. Retrieved September 9, 2019.
  5. ^ "Regular Season Round 14: Hebei X. - Hefei 150-119". Eurobasket.com. July 11, 2018. Retrieved September 9, 2019.
  6. ^ "Eric Thompson agreed terms with Hiroshima Dragonflies". Eurobasket.com. September 18, 2019. Retrieved September 9, 2019.
  7. ^ "Eric Thompson agreed terms with Kagawa Five Arrows". Eurobasket.com. February 10, 2019. Retrieved September 9, 2019.
  8. ^ "Regular Season Round 44: Shinshu BW - Kagawa FA 65-82". Eurobasket.com. March 2, 2019. Retrieved September 9, 2019.
  9. ^ "Japanese B2 League round 44 best performance: Eric Thompson (by Interperformances)". Eurobasket.com. March 3, 2019. Retrieved September 9, 2019.
  10. ^ "Hapoel Eilat lands Eric Thompson". Sportando. August 28, 2019. Retrieved September 9, 2019.
  11. ^ a b "Henry Sims, Eric Thompson officially sign with Incheon ET Land Elephants". Sportando. July 8, 2020. Retrieved July 8, 2020.
  12. ^ "Eric Thompson is a newcomer at Voluntari". Eurobasket. August 4, 2021. Retrieved August 21, 2021.
  13. ^ "SCMU Craiova 75 - 89 CSO Voluntari". www.frbaschet.ro. Federatia Romana de Baschet.

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