|Drafted By:||Dallas Mavericks|
Corny Thompson (born February 5, 1960 in Middletown, Connecticut) was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks in the second round of the 1982 NBA draft and played one season for the Mavs.
In high school, Thompson played only one game on his school's freshman team before being moved to the varsity. From his sophomore year through his senior year the school won 76 games in a row.
"We were one of the better high schools in the country," Thompson remembered. "We won three state championships and were ranked, at that time, as one of the top 25 schools in the country."
Thompson was recruited by several universities including Princeton, Virginia and North Carolina but attended UConn (University of Connecticut), where he led the Huskies to a 78-37 record during his four years. UConn appeared in the NCAA Championship Tournament in Thompson's freshman year, after winning the ECAC-New England title, and was eliminated by Syracuse.
The next season, Connecticut joined the Big East Conference and Thompson was invited to tryout for the U.S. Olympic team along with future teammates Mark Aguirre and Rolando Blackman after averaging 15.8 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.
He was named honorable mention on several all-America teams his senior season and was twice voted first-team Big East. He left Connecticut first all-time in free throws made with 496 and fifth all-time in scoring with 1810 points.
Drafted by Dallas, Thompson played forty four games averaging 2.8 points and 2.7 rebounds per game. During the offseason, following his rookie season, Thompson suffered a knee injury which was thought to be career-threatening.
Thompson did continue his career but in Europe this time. He played six seasons with Pallacanestro Varese in the Italian League from 1984 through 1990 and then several seasons with Joventut de Barcelona where he helped lead the team to two Spanish League championships and one European Championship.
In that EuroLeague Championship game, Thompson hit the last shot for Joventut de Barcelona which gave them the win 59-57. Ironically, guarding Thompson on the shot was former Maverick Roy Tarpley.
After his playing career, he tried his hand at running a restaurant, Corny T's, in downtown Hartford and coaching as an assistant in both the CBA and in Venezuela.
Today, Thompson works as the Connecticut General Manager of LAZ Parking in Hartford. |