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Deon Thompson (UNC) joins Union Olimpija of Slovenia

2011/07/26 3:24 pm 1331 0 comments

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Jim Tanner of Williams & Connolly, LLP has announced that former University of North Carolina MVP Deon Thompson has signed a two year contract with Union Olimpija (Slovenia).

Discuss Deon Thompson’s move to the Euroleague

Thompson established himself as one of the top big men in Europe last season while playing for AE Ikaros, a Greek A1 team. He was a team leader in numerous statistical categories, where he ranked seventh in the league in scoring (14.1 points per game), second in rebounding (8.8 rebounds per game), and third in blocked shots (1.3 blocks per game). Additionally Thompson won Round 13 Greek Player of the Week honors.

“I am very excited to get a chance to compete at the highest level in Europe and play for a storied club like Union Olimpija,” said Thompson. “It will be exciting to play for a team with such high expectations and hopes of winning a championship.”

Prior to his stint with AE Ikaros, Thompson had an outstanding collegiate career for the University of North Carolina. In his junior year, Thompson was a starter on the 2009 Tar Heels national championship team, where he provided important low post defense and averaged double figures in scoring for the season. In his senior season, Thompson was the only returning starter from the 2009 title team and was relied on to score at a higher level. Thompson delivered, as he averaged 13.7 ppg to go along with 6.7 rpg. The Torrence, CA native’s 152 games played at UNC ranks second in NCAA history.

“Union Olimpija saw the impact that Deon made for AE Ikaros last season and knew that he had the ability to lead them deep into Euroleague play this season,” Tanner said. “They are getting both an outstanding player and person who will be a tremendous asset to the club.”

Union Olimpija ranks in the Top-16 of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague, the highest level of international competition. Olimpija also plays in the Adriatic League with three other Euroleague teams and in the Slovenian National League, which they have dominated with championships in five of the last eight years. Thompson will join former collegiate standout Ben Woodside on the team, which has produced 22 NBA players in franchise history including Primoz Brezec and Beno Udrih.

Thompson will play under Olimpija’s new head coach, Sasa Filipovski in the club’s brand new 13,000 seat arena in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia.

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