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November 12, 2003

Thompson signs with USI men’s basketball

The University of Southern Indiana men’s basketball team announced the signing of 6’6,” 230 pound forward Chris Thompson (Starke, Florida) to a letter of intent for the 2004-05 season. Thompson is the first player to sign with USI and Head Coach Rick Herdes in the early signing period.

Thompson comes to USI from Pasco-Hernando Community College in New Port Richey, Florida. A two-time All-Region VIII performer at PHCC, Thompson averaged 19.8 ppg and 9.7 rpg as a freshman in 2001-02 and 22.0 ppg and 11.0 rpg as a sophomore in 2002-03.

The first PHCC player to ever be named NJCAA preseason All-American and first team All-State, Thompson set the PHCC all-time records for scoring with 1,248 points and 654 rebounds.

Thompson played his high school basketball at Bradford High School in Starke, Florida, and was second team All-State as a senior, averaging 24.2 ppg.

“We are very excited to have Chris as our first signee for 2003-04,” Herdes said. “Chris is a guy that can play three different positions and his versatility will fit in tremendously with our returning players next season. He also a brings toughness and a mental attitude that I have not seen since Stan Gouard.

“Marc Hostetter did a great job in the recruitment process and should get all of the credit in bringing such a super athlete to USI,” concluded Herdes.

The Screaming Eagles will open the 2003-04 home schedule with an exhibition game against the Bradley Stars Friday, November 14. Game time is 7:30 p.m. The Eagles, who were 25-7 overall and a NCAA Division II Sweet 16 team a year ago, will start the regular season schedule Saturday, November 22, when Lincoln University visits the PAC for a 7 p.m. contest.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information


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