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Deon Thompson returns to FCBB

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.”

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)

Position:

  • Power Forward/Center (6‘8 Meter, 24ß Kilo)

Previous teams:

  • 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)

Accolades:

  • 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