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Cornelius "Corny" Allen Thompson (born February 5, 1960, in Washington, D.C.) is a retired American professional basketball player. He was a 6'8" (203 cm) 225 lb (102 kg) forward and played collegiately at the University of Connecticut from 1978–82.


Early life

Corny started playing basketball because people suggested that he play because he was tall. He was about 6'5" before he got to High School.[1] He wasn't serious about it until Middle School. From then on, every year, Corny progressed, went to camp and became a better player.

High School

Corny attended Middletown High School in Middletown, Connecticut. In his freshman season, Corny was too good for the freshman team so he was promoted up to the Varsity team. The Varsity coach was Tom Labella. The team lost 5 or 6 games that year. In his sophomore through senior seasons the team won 76 games in a row. That record has still not been broken. The team won three State Championships and was ranked in the top 25 basketball teams in the country. Corny was the captain in the 1976, 1977, 1978 seasons (sophomore-senior). Corny still holds many records at Middletown High School.[2]


North Carolina, Virginia, Princeton and UConn were the schools Corny narrowed his decision down to.[3] Corny liked the idea of staying close to home and he thought there would be advantages to being close to home. At Connecticut he was coached by Dom Perno. In his freshman season Corny started in every game, and the Huskies made the NCAA Tournament. Corny led the team in scoring all four years at UConn and finished with 1,810 points, and 1,017 rebounds.[4] Corny graduated in 1982 with a degree in Business

Pro career

Thompson was the 4th pick in the third round (50th overall) of the 1982 NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks and played 44 games with them in the 1982-83 season, averaging 2.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game. During the summer prior to his second year with the Mavericks, he suffered a knee injury. He was released from the team. Corny worked hard to get healthy. He went to Europe and played basketball in Varese, Italy for Pallacanestro Varese in the Italy for six years. and in the ACB League (Spain) for a great Joventut de Badalona team (1990-1994), winning the Euroleague title in 1994.


Corny currently resides in Berlin, Connecticut with his wife Mary. He has two sons Josh and Jeremy. His younger son Jeremy plays basketball for the Eastern Connecticut State University Warriors.[5]


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