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March 27, 2006

Thompson named All-American not once, but twice

Complete Division II Bulletin All-American Teams

Chris Thompson

EVANSVILLE, Ind. University of Southern Indiana senior forward Chris Thompson (Starke, Florida) was named second team All-American for a second time, this time by the Division II Bulletin. Thompson, who was named to the Daktronics All-American second team last week, becomes the 14th USI men's basketball player to be named All-American and only the eighth to appear on more than one All-America team.

Since the end of the regular season, Thompson also has been named the Daktronics Great Lakes Region Player of the Year and first team All-Region co-GLVC Player of the Year and first team All-Conference and to the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional All-Tournament team. He was named GLVC Player of the Week four times and Division II Bulletin Player of the Month twice.

Thompson also was the Daktronic Great Lakes Region Player of the Year and co-GLVC Player of the Year

The Physical Education major led the Screaming Eagles and ranks fourth in the GLVC with 18.3 points per game. He also grabbed a team and GLVC best 9.8 rebounds, tying for 14th in the NCAA II. Thompson recorded a team best 16 double-doubles, two short of the USI single season record, posted a season-high 35 points against Caldwell College, and tied a career-best with 15 rebounds on three different occasions.

During his two year career at USI, Thompson averaged 14.9 points and 9.5 rebounds per game shot 61.1 percent from the field (382-625) and 76.0 from the line (200-263) had 28 double-doubles and 31 double-figure rebound games. The two-time All-GLVC performer helped lead the Eagles to a GLVC regular season and tournament crown, the GLVC West Division co-championship, a pair of NCAA Division II Tournament appearances, and a 54-12 (.818) two-year record.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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