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Jason Thompson (basketball)

NameJason Thompson
Height Ft6
Height In11
Weight Lbs250
PositionForward/center
Birth DateJuly 21, 1986(age 30)
Birth PlaceMount Laurel Township, New Jersey
TeamSacramento Kings
Number34
High SchoolLenape
Medford, New Jersey
CollegeRider
NationalityAmerican
Draft Round1
Draft Pick12
Draft TeamSacramento Kings
Draft Year2008
Career Start2008
TeamsSacramento Kings
Profilejason_thompson

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Jason Carlton Thompson (born July 21, 1986) is an American professional basketball player for the Sacramento Kings of the NBA. 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 Township, New Jersey, Thompson led Lenape High School to the 2004 New Jersey Group IV state title.

Thompson is currently listed at 6 feet, 11 inches, and 245 lbs 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 08 season, Thompson averaged 20.4 points, 12.1 rebounds, 2.7 blocks and 1.1 steals per game. His strongest performance was on March 9, 2008 when he scored 32 points and grabbed 18 rebounds against Marist College. 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. 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.

Thompson's younger brother Ryan also played guard for the Rider Broncs from the 2006-2007 to the 2009-2010 seasons.


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