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Jason Thompson
Sacramento Kings  – No. 34
Forward/center
Born July 21, 1986 (1986-07-21) (age 23)
Mount Laurel, New Jersey
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 250 lb (110 kg; 18 st)
League NBA
High school Lenape
Medford, New Jersey
College Rider
Draft 12th overall, 2008
Sacramento Kings
Pro career 2008–present
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Jason Carlton Thompson (born July 21, 1986) is an American professional basketball player. He was the starting center of the Rider University men's basketball team until 2008. He was selected 12th overall by the Sacramento Kings in the 2008 NBA Draft.

A native of Mount Laurel, New Jersey, Thompson led Lenape High School to the 2004 New Jersey Group IV State Title.[1]

Thompson is currently listed at 6 feet, 11 inches, and 245 lbs[2] He was one of three players in the NCAA in 2007 to average 20 points, and 10 rebounds per game. The other two were Kevin Durant of Texas and Nick Fazekas of Nevada.

As a senior during the 2007–2008 season, Thompson averaged 20.4 points, 12.1 rebounds, 2.7 blocks and 1.1 steals per game.[3] His strongest performance was on March 9, 2008 when he scored 32 points and grabbed 18 rebounds against Marist College.[4] He led Rider to the 2008 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament finale against Siena College a day later. Rider fell short in a 74–53 loss in which Thompson registered 22 points and 12 rebounds.[5] Rider finished the regular season and conference tournament schedule with a strong 23–10 record, but still missed an at-large bid to the NIT. However, Rider did receive a bid to the inaugural College Basketball Invitational tournament in 2008. Rider lost its first round game to the Old Dominion University Monarchs 68–65; Thompson finished with 15 points, 17 rebounds and 3 blocks.[6]

Thompson's younger brother Ryan also plays guard for the Rider Broncs, and is a senior in the 2009–10 season.

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NBA career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  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

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008–09 Sacramento 82 56 28.1 .497 .000 .692 7.4 1.1 .6 .7 11.1
Career 82 56 28.1 .497 .000 .692 7.4 1.1 .6 .7 11.1

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References

  1. ^ Carchidi, Sam. "Lenape's Thompson selects Rider", The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 21, 2003. "Senior Jason Thompson, a 6-foot-8 forward/center from Lenape High, has made an oral commitment to attend Rider University on a basketball scholarship, Indians coach Bill Lange announced yesterday." Accessed April 9, 2008.
  2. ^ USAToday - Kings take Thompson with 12th pick. Retrieved on June 28, 2008.
  3. ^ Rider Broncs Statistics - 2007-08
  4. ^ Rider 76, Marist 71 - Recap - March 9, 2008
  5. ^ Fisher lifts Siena to fourth NCAA berth
  6. ^ Old Dominion 68, Rider 65 - Recap - March 18, 2008
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