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Sam Thompson
2014-2015 Men's Basketball Profile
#12 - Senior - Forward
Season Profiles:  2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011
About Sam Thompson
Home Town: Chicago, Illinois
School: Whitney Young
Height: 6-7
Weight: 200

Player: Sam Thompson
School: Whitney Young (Chicago, IL)
Position: Forward

Ht: 6-7 Wt: 200
Vertical jump:
Recruiting Ranking 
Rivals: 4-Star #16 SF
Scout: 4-Star #15 SF
247Sports: 4-Star #10 SF
ESPN: 4-Star #13 SF

Career at Ohio State

  • AS A JUNIOR (2013-14)

    • Played in all 35 games, starting 14 ... made first start of season at Wisconsin (Feb. 1)
    • Averaged 7.9 points per game and 2.7 rebounds per contest
    • Played in 100th game as a Buckeye vs. Purdue (Feb. 8)
    • Has 643 career points
    • Has 267 career rebounds

    Notable Games in 2013-14

    • Led all scorers with 18 points and a career-best eight field goals vs. Dayton in second round of NCAA Tournament (March 20)
    • Led all scorers with a season-high 19 points - 16 of which came in the second half of play vs. Minnesota (Feb. 22)
    • Shot 64.7 percent for the week in games against Northwestern (Feb. 19) and Minnesota (11-17)
    • Tied career best with three 3-point field goals vs. Northwestern (Feb. 19)
    • Tied career best with 3 steals at Nebraska (Jan. 20)
    • Scored a season-high 18 points at Michigan State (Jan. 7) on 7-of-10 shooting and 3-of-5 from free throw line
    • Contributed 12 of Ohio State's 29 bench points vs. North Dakota State (Dec. 14)
    • 3-of-4 alley-oop dunks vs. Maryland (Dec. 4) were featued on ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10 plays at Nos. 10, 8 and 2
    • One of four Buckeyes to score in double figures with 14 points vs. Maryland (Dec. 4) ... 6-of-9 from the field ... led Buckeye bench with 14 of 26 points
    • Co-leader among all scorers at Marquette (Nov. 16) with 13 points
    • Had 3 assists at Marquette (Nov. 16) to tie career high

    AS A SOPHOMORE (2012-13)

    • Started all 37 games with averages of 7.8 points and 3.5rebounds per game.
    • Second on the team in blocks with 31.
    • Through four NCAA games, tallied 10.5 points and a team-leading 5.8 boards per game in tourney action.
    • Produced first career double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds in NCAA round of 64 victory over Iona (3/22/13) ... Shot 8-of-8 at the FT line vs. the Gaels, career highs in both makes and attempts.
    • Was third on team in scoring through Big Ten tournament, finishing with 11.7 points per game.
    • Scored a career-high 19 points in conference quarterfinal vs. Nebraska (3/15/13), hitting eight FGs and three 3-pointers, also career highs.

    Notable Games in 2012-13

    • Shot 80 percent (4-5) at Indiana (3/5/13), tallying nine points, five defensive boards and two blocks.
    • Put up a seaso-high tying four blocks in win at Northwestern (2/28/13) and grabbed five defensive boards.
    • Produced 10 points off 5-7 shooting in loss at Wisconsin (2/17/13), one of only two OSU players to score double-digits.
    • One of four players to score in double-digits vs. Northwestern (2/14/13), tallying 11 on 5-9 shooting.
    • Led all scorers with 16 points in win at Penn State (1/26/13), hitting a career-best 6-7 from the field ... Also came up with pair of blocks and steals.
    • Made third appearance of the year on ESPN Sportscenter's Top 10 plays with a posterizing dunk at Purdue (1/8/13), ending night with eight points and two blocks.
    • Earned two spots on ESPN Sportscenter's Top 10 plays of Jan. 2 with a block and windmill dunk vs. Nebraska ... Finished contest with Huskers with six points and six boards.
    • Made first career start against Albany (11/11/12) and notched a career-high four blocks, the most for a Buckeye since Amir Williams tallied four against VMI (11/23/11).

    2011-12 HIGHLIGHTS

    • Saw action in all 39 games, providing an athletic spark off the bench to produce 2.1 points and 1.1 rebounds per game to go with 17 total blocks (third on the team)
    • In NCAA action, averaged 6.8 minutes between the five games with four total points
    • Only freshman and one of six total players to see action in every game

    Notable Games in 2011-12

    • Played six minutes in the regional final vs. Syracuse (3/24/12), throwing down an explosive dunk off an in-bounds pass in the first half for his first field goal of the tournament
    • Tallied four points vs. Illinois (2/21/12), two coming off an emphatic dunk assisted by Shannon Scott, and added pair of show-stopping blocks
    • Tied career high in assists with three and added a pair of blocks vs. Penn State (1/25/12)
    • Put up three blocks at Nebraska (1/21/12) and produced pair of steals
    • Hit first career 3-pointer at Iowa (1/7/12), ending game with five points
    • Collected six points and earned highlight reel status with a thunderous alley-oop dunk off of an inbounds pass in a New Year's Eve game at Indiana
    • Earned appearance on ESPN Top 10 Plays with dunk vs. USC Upstate (12/14/10) ... Ended game vs. Spartans with career high-tying eight points and first two blocks
    • Produced eight points and three assists, both career highs, against VMI (11/23/11) ... was 2-3 from FT line
    • Had six explosive points off the bench vs. Jackson State (11/18/11)
    • One of four freshmen to make debut in season opener vs. Wright State

Prior to Ohio State

  • Averaged 17.6 points (188-331/.568 FGs) and 8.7 rebounds per game as a senior
  • Also added 5.5 assists, 3.3 blocks and 2 steals per game helping Whitney Young to a 20-10 overall record
  • Contributed 10 points and eight rebounds per gameduring his junior campaign
  • Was a part of two state championships (2008-09) and was runner-up in 2010
  • Son of Hubert Thompson and Kennise Herring. His siblings include Franklin, Victoria and Malcolm Carstafhnur
  • Played for Coach Tyrone Slaughter at Whitney Young, the alma mater of First Lady Michelle Obama
  • Also played for Mac Irvin Fire's club team, coached by Mike Irvin
  • Lists greatest sports thrill is winning the 2009 4A Illinois State Championship
  • After graduation, would like to continue playing basketball or pursue a career in investment banking

Ohio State Statistics

2011-12: Averaged 2.1 ppg, 1.1 rpg, had 28 assists and 17 blocks in 39 games

2012-13: Averaged 7.8 ppg,3.5 rpg, had 36 assists and 31 blocks while starting all 37 games during the season

2013-14: Averaged 7.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg, had 28 assists and 30 blocks while starting 14 of the team's 35 games

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