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April 10, 2006

USI senior is the fifth Eagle to earn to the first team honors

EVANSVILLE, Ind. University of Southern Indiana senior forward Chris Thompson (Starke, Florida) was named FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN in the April issue of Basketball Times. The award makes Thompson just the fifth Screaming Eagle to be named first team in the history of the program.

Thompson also has been named to the Daktronics and Division II Bulletin second team All-American squads. He is the 14th USI men's basketball player all-time to be named All-American and just the eighth Eagle to appear on more than one All-American team.

Regionally, Thompson was 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.

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.

Basketball Times NCAA II All-American Teams
First Team
Darius Hargrove, Virginia Unior
Jasper Johnson, Delta State
Sheldon Pace, Southwest Baptist
Chris Thompson, Southern Indiana
Tayron Thomas, Philadelphia

Second Team
Grant Dykstra, Western Washington
Dusty Jura, Nebraska-Kearney
Stacey Moragne, Massachusetts-Lowell
Turner Trofholz, South Dakota
John Williams, Bryant

Third Team
Duan Crockett, Virginia Union
James Hall, Montevallo
Dustin Pfeifer, Findlay
Sullivan Sykes, Saint Joseph's
David Zellman, Winona State

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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