John A. Thompson Player
Inducted in 2006
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee 1962
Thompson burst onto the national scene in the "Roaring Twenties," leading Dixie High School to the Utah State Championship and a second place finish in the 1925 High School National Tournament in Chicago. Thompson went on to star at Montana State University, driving the Golden Bobcats to a three-season record of a 102-11. "The Cat", as he was named for his lightning-quick reflexes and top-notch conditioning, averaged 15.4 points a game for his college career, at a time when teams nationwide were averaging only 40 points per game. In three seasons, Thompson registered a remarkable 1,539 points in 100 games and finished his career as Montana State's all-time leading scorer. He was named All-American and All-Rocky Mountain Conference from 1928-30. He led Montana State to the Helms National Championship with a 35-2 record in 1929 and was named the 1930 Helms Foundation National Player of the Year.
Where They Are Now
Died October 10, 1970
Where They Were
Montana State University 1927-1930