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As we gear up for tonight’s big Hall of Fame event (please let us know if you are going or are staying home) we needed to specially recognize the greatest basketball player to ever don the Red and White – and perhaps, ANY college uniform.
How would you describe Thompsonâ€™s game to someone who never saw him play?
â€œI donâ€™t know if they could understand it. You almost had to experience being in the league with him, being on the team with him, watching him dominate people â€“ the things he did, not just during the season, but the pickup games in Carmichael Gym. He was just truly in a class by himself.â€ Monte Towe
â€œIf you saw him when he was 20 years old, youâ€™d be absolutely amazed at what he could do. His jumping ability was so phenomenal, but he developed his whole game. The â€˜Skywalkerâ€™ nickname wasnâ€™t just it. He was a defensive player. He shot the ball from outside. He could put it on the floor. He was our go-to guy, no question about that. He had all the confidence in the world out there in crunch time: â€˜Get me the ball.â€™ And heâ€™d do it for us.â€ Tim Stoddard
â€œOf course there was his jumping ability. But his jump shot was the biggest thing. He was a great jump-shooter. Thatâ€™s what he did most of the time. I know you had the alley-oop passes and all that, but he was a great, great jump-shooter.â€ Charlie Scott
â€œHe did it without any fanfare. He just got the ball and went to work and you went â€˜aah,â€™ â€˜ooh,â€™ â€˜wow.â€™ There wasnâ€™t any drum roll or cymbals. He had a classy way of pulling your heart out while it was still beating. You admired him so, but there wasnâ€™t much you could do about it.â€ Bucky Waters