Created on 2015-07-21 at 11:00 AM
FC Bayern Basketball is proud to announce that they have signed Deon Thompson just one year after he left. The 26-year-old Power Forward comes back to Munich and signs a contract until Summer 2016. The American had a successful year as he started off in China and finished by winning the Israeli Championship. In 15 games he averaged 12.8 points and 5.2 rebounds per game as played a huge part in leading Hapoel Jerusalem to a surprising championship.
“I would have loved to stay here but sometimes things don’t go as planned in professional sports,” said Deon Thompson after signing his name on the dotted line. “Now I am happy and pumped up to come back to Munich, back to Coach Pesic, back to the amazing organization of this time, back to the Euroleague and back to the BEKO BBL.” While being on vacation in North Carolina, Thompson re-assessed his sporting goals. “In 2014 I was champion with Bayern and was also champion this year in Israel, now I want to bring the title back to Munich and want to make a run in the Euroleague.”
FCBB Chief Executive Marko Pesic is also excited to welcome Thompson back. “I have said many times that I am shocked that he returned to Munich. The fact that it has finally worked out is massive. We know his strengths and we know that Deon won’t need much time to get used to his surroundings, which is all very positive.”
Yassin Idbihi and Lucca Staiger have left FC Bayern Basketball as their contracts have expired. “We are very thankful for what Lucca and Yassin have done for us in the past couple of years,” said Bayern CEO Marko Pesic after the final discussions. “They were both apart of our championship team from 2014 and played a big part in our triumph. They will always have a special place here at the club.”
31-year-old and former Germany national team center Yassin Idbihi arrived in Munich in 2013. In the championship season he averaged 16 minutes per game while dropping 5.8 points and grabbing 4.2 boards. In the 23 Euroleague games he averaged 5.1 points and 3.5 rebounds. During last season, the German-Moroccan suffered from injury problems and only made 20 appearances in the BEKO BBL. He averaged 10 minutes per game, while only scoring 3.4 points per game.
“I am very thankful that I had the chance to play for FC Bayern and I am very happy and proud that I won the championship back in 2014. It is my biggest success to date. Now I am searching for a new challenge and I wish Bayern all the best for the future,” said Idbihi before departing.
27-year-old Lucca Staiger also took a look back at his two years in a Bayern jersey. The three-ball specialist came from Ludwigsburg in 2013 and during the championship season hit 45 three pointers, giving him a 40.2 percentage from beyond the arc. This past season the shooting guard averaged 13.3 minutes per game, while scoring 4.6 points. In the fifth and final playoff game against Bamberg, he hit four out of five three pointers.
“My time in Munich was a very special, useful and important for me, not only because we won the title one year ago,” said Lucca Staiger.” “I have met many nice people and had the honor to work with special people. The cohesion there was great, everyone was so helpful. I have never experienced something like this in my career and I would like to say thank you to everyone at the club.”
FC Bayern Basketball would like to wish Yassin Idbihi and Lucca Staiger all the best for their futures.
The dynamic powerhouse from Torrence California was on the 2013-14 championship team of Svetislav Pesic. After missing the first week of the season, the power forward roared back into the starting five by averaging 11.4 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. Bayern’s faithful will never forget the 18 points he dropped in a 75-62 title victory in Berlin as he was the leading scorer on the night.
Last season Thompson moved to the Liaoning Flying Leopards in the Chinese CBA. The club reached the final of the CBA league as Thompson averaged 18.7 points and 8.2 boards per game. At the end of the CBA season Thompson switched to Israeli team Hapoel Jerusalem in March 2015 and celebrated the first Israeli championship in the club’s 72 year history. In the Playoffs, Thompson averaged 22.5 minutes per game and averaged 12.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game while shooting an impeccable 62 percent.
The 6’8 American played for the legendary University of North Carolina and was part of their 2009 title winning team. In his last year of college Thompson was the team’s leading scorer averaging 13.7 points per game. In 2010 Thompson made the move to Europe and played for Athens based club Ikaros Kallitheas. In his rookie year he was selected to the Allstar-team of the Greek league. The following year saw Thompson pick up some silverware along the way with Olimpia Ljubljana winning the Slovenian Cup. It was also his first season in the Euroleauge. In 2012 he made his BEKO BBL debut for Berlin where he averaged 13.4 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. He also won the cup and played an impressive Euroleague averaging 12.0 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.
In the BEKO BBL Deon Thompson has played 75 games averaging 11.4 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.
DEON THOMPSON ( September 16th 1988, Torrence California)
- Power Forward/Center (6‘8 Meter, 24ß Kilo)
- University of North Carolina (2006 – 2010)
- Ikaros Kallitheas/GRE (2010 – 2011)
- Union Olimpija Ljubljana (2011 – 2012)
- Alba Berlin (2012 – 2013)
- FC Bayern Basketball (2013 – 2014)
- Liaoning Flying Leopards/CHN (2014 – March 2015)
- Hapoel Jerusalem (March – June 2015)
- 2007 Silver medalist at the U19 World Championship (Team USA)
- 2009 Bronze medalist at Universiade (Team USA)
- 2009 NCAA Champion
- 2012 Slovenia Cup Winner and Finals MVP
- 2013 German Cup Winner
- 2014 German Champion
- 2015 Israeli Champion