2002 Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team
2004 Atlantic 10 All-Conference Third Team
2004 NABC All-District 4 Second Team
As a Junior in 2003-04: team leader in scoring with 13.2 ppg and 3pt. FGs made with 61 scored game-high 19 pts. in season opener including 4-9 three-pointers at Charlotte (11/21/03) scored 18 pts. with 4 steals vs. FIU (11/25/03) scored game-high 18 pts. with 5 rebs. vs. Appalachian St.(11/28/03) named to the Red Auerbach Colonial Classic All-Tourn. Team (11/29/03) scored 22 pts. including 4 threes at App. St. (12/3/03) tied the Tournament record with 7 3-pt FGs en route to 28-point game vs. #17 Gonzaga (12/7/03)--named to the BB&T Classic All-Tournament Team scored game-high 15 pts. with 7 assists vs. Towson (12/10/03) scored team-high 15 pts. with 2 steals @ Fairfield (12/23/03) led team with 6 rebs. and scored 19 pts. @ #18 Texas (12/29/03) scored team-high 21 pts. including 5-12 3Pt FGs and 6 assists vs. Temple (1/7/04) dished 7 assists with 3 steals vs. La Salle (1/17/04) scored game-high 20 pts. with 5 steals vs. Duquesne (1/24/04) scored game-high 19 pts. vs. Xavier (1/28/04) scored 16 pts. vs. Rhode Island (2/7/04) led team with 24 pts. @ Fordham (2/11/04) scored game-winning layup vs. Dayton (2/18/04) named NABC All-District 4 second team (2/18/04) came off the bench to score 23 pts. including the 1,000th point of his career on 9-12 FGs with 5 rebs., 5 assists @ La Salle (3/6/04) named to A-10 All-Conference Third Team Mar. 9
As a Sophomore in 2002-03: Point guard has started all of GW's 57 games in his first two seasons ... scored nine pts. with three assists and suffered a late-game concussion in season-opener at #14 UConn (11/25/02)... played against his younger brother (Landy) and scored eight pts. and had a career-high 11 assists vs. Mount St. Mary's (11/29/02)... recorded his first double-double with 12 pts., 10 assists vs. Bucknell (11/30/02) and broke RACC tournament records for assists in a game (11) and tournament (21) named to the All-Tournament Team... scored 11 pts. with seven assists at FIU (12/3/02)... scored his career-high 24 pts. with six assists vs. No. 2 Texas (12/7/02)... completed an outstanding BB&T Classic with a 15-point, 10-assist double-double vs. #9 Maryland (12/8/02)... recorded his fourth double-figure assist game of the season with 10 at Boston U. (12/11/02)... scored 17 pts. on 4-9 threes with seven assists against ODU (12/28/02)... scored 11 pts. with five assists at Binghamton (12/30/02)... scored career-high 26 pts., including four threes, with nine assists at American (1/3/03)... added 13 pts. at Temple (1/5/03)... scored game-high 22 pts. with four steals vs. Dayton (1/18/03)... tied his career-high with six steals vs. UMass (1/25/03)... grabbed career-high six rebs. with five assists vs. Saint Joseph's (1/29/03)... scored 17 pts. on 6-8 FGs including 3-3 3-pt.FGs with nine assists vs. Duquesne (2-1-03)... scored 14 pts. with four assists vs. #19 Xavier (2/4/03)... shared team-high scoring honors with 16 pts., including four threes, at #13 Xavier (3/1/03)... posted an 11-point, 10-assist double-double against Fordham (3/8/03)... scored 16 pts. with five assists in A-10 Tourn. 1st round at UMass (3/10/03)... second in the A-10 in assists with 6.1 apg and led team in steals with 44.
As a Freshman in 2001-02: Was impressive in two preseason exhibition games averaging 14.5 points, 6.5 assists while commiting just five turnovers... hit 3-4 FGs at Texas A&M before inadvertently stepping on a ref's foot and turning his ankle... scored 12 pts. vs. Binghamton (11/23/01)... named to the Red Auerbach Colonial Classic All-Tournament team after scoring 20 pts. and handing out seven assists in 41 minutes in GW's overtime victory over Yale (11/24/01)... named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week (11/25/01) ... scored 19 pts. including the final FT to ice the win over BU (11/28/01)... named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week (12/2/01)... scored 19 pts. with six assists vs. UConn (12/2/01)... scored the go-ahead layup with 42 seconds left in the memorable ODU game (12/5/01)... scored 18 pts. with career-high 6 steals vs. Charlotte (12/29/01)... shot 7-11 FGs including 6-7 treys for 21 pts. and five assists vs. SBU (1/3/02)... named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week (1/6/02)... tallied 10 pts. with seven assists at Dayton (1/9/02)... added 16 pts. at SJU (1/19/02)... dished eight assists at La Salle (2/2/02)... scored team-high 17 pts. at Xavier (2/14/02)... went coast-to-coast and delivered the game-winning layup with .4 seconds to beat Fordham (3/2/02)... named to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie team... team leader in assists (117), steals (36) and second in minutes played with 971.
High School: Averaged 14 points, 2.0 rebounds and 8.0 assists per game as a senior at the Newport School under coach Chris Chaney. The Newport School posted a 30-6 record last season and is the three-time Maryland State Private School defending champions. The Tigers posted a three-year combined record of 91-20 (.820) during Thompson's three seasons on the varsity. Thompson was named the MVP of the District All-Stars in the preliminary game of the Capital Classic game against the Suburban All-Stars at MCI Center on April 7. Thompson scored 21 points and handed out seven assists in that contest. Named honorable mention All-Met by the Washington Post (4/4/01). Accustomed to playing with talented teammates including UNCC's Rodney White, Florida's James White and Georgetown's Victor Samnick all of whom are Newport alumni.
Personal: Born September 18, 1982 in Manassas, Virginia ... full name is Ronald Perry Thompson Jr. ... son of Ronald and Denise Thompson... has one older sister K.C. (25) and one younger brother Landy (21) who plays basketball for Mount St. Mary's ... enjoys soccer and would like to play in the NBA or join the coaching ranks following graduation... sociology major.
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