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Jason Thompson
SI Rank
4
Position: Class:
Sr
School: Conference: Ht., Wt.:
6'11, 250

BIOGRAPHY: Thompson showed steady improvement over his four seasons at Rider. He averaged over 20 points and 10 rebounds in each of his final two seasons, concluding his collegiate career with 20.4 and 12.1, respectively, while starting 34 games in 2007-08. In his final game, he had 15 points and 17 rebounds - a single-game record at Old Dominion's Ted Constant Center. Behind his leaping abilities and great timing, Thompson has developed into an excellent defender, leading Rider with 91 blocked shots this season - a total that ranked among the best in the nation. The forward has shown great ball-handling skills, making smart decisions on both ends of the court. While the athletic Thompson possesses outside skills, he needs to toughen up and become stronger on the inside. NBA scouts will also be looking for him to strengthen his legs to allow for better positioning on the boards against smaller players. Thompson shot just 58.1 percent from the free-throw line as a senior after a career-best 72.4 in his junior season. Playing at Rider in the MAAC, Thompson faced mid-major type competition, and that could be a tough sell for NBA teams. However, he excelled against the best teams in the NCAA, averaging 16.0 points and 5.3 rebounds in three career appearances against Top 25 squads. Thompson is an energetic, high-character player, displaying a positive attitude and willingness to improve. He has been projected as a mid-to-late first-round pick.

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