UCLA-- Dijon (pronounced D'jon) Thompson, who declared his interest in the 2004 NBA Draft on April 7 (did not sign with an agent) and withdrew his name from consideration on June 16, was UCLA's top scorer last season (14.4, No. 11 in the Pac-10) and he is the Bruins' top returning rebounder (4.3, tied with Ryan Hollins) ... Needs 58 points (942) to join the Bruin 1,000 point club ... Listed on the UCLA three-point career charts (made 90, 11th/attempts 252, 10th) ...A 2004 Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 performer as a Bruin co-captain, last season he started 27 of 28 games, scored in double figures 25 times and was second on the team in minutes (33.2) and assists (2.3) ... One of UCLA's most versatile performers who can play both inside and out, as a sophomore in 2002-03, Thompson averaged 14.0 points and 4.7 rebounds ...He started 17 games, including the Bruins' final 15 contests (averaging 14.5 points a game)... Came on strong at the end of his freshman season (2001-02), scoring in double figures in three of the last seven games, including two of three NCAA contests ...Committed to the Bruins on Nov. 8, 2000, joining future teammate Cedric Bozeman ... A McDonald's All-American finalist, Thompson was rated as one of the top high school shooters in the nation as a senior in 2000-01.
2003-04 - In 28 games (27 starts), the versatile Thompson averaged a team-high 14.4 points, 4.3 rebounds (No. 3 on the team) and 2.3 assists (No. 2) in 33.2 minutes (No. 2), while shooting .435 from the floor, .383 (No. 3, 49/No. 12 on the Bruin single-season chart-128) from three-point range and .782 (No. 2, 61-78) from the line ... He scored in double figures in 25 of 27 games, including 18 of the last 19 games ... Thompson led the team in scoring 12 times, including nine of the last 16 games ... In his last eight games, he made 45 of 86 shots (52.3) from the floor, including 19 of 36 (52.8) from three-point range ... In the last four games, he made 11 of 19 (57.9) three-point field goals ... He made 27 of his last 33 (81.8) free throws over 13 games ... His highlight games included -- In the opener against Vermont, he contributed 18 points, a season-high nine rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 37 minutes ... Vs. UC Riverside, he had 18 points , three rebounds and one steal in 32 minutes ... Against Kentucky, he had a team-high 14 points, eight rebounds, three assists and one block in 39 minutes ... In a season-high 42 minutes against Loyola Marymount, he had 15 points, making 11 of 12 free throws, eight rebounds, four assists and one steal... He was six of six from the line in the second half and overtime ... In 34 minutes against UCSB, he had 13 points, two rebounds, one assist and one steal ... In 27 minutes vs. Michigan State, Thompson scored 10 points, with four rebounds and one assist ... At Michigan, Thompson had a game-high 21 points (five three-pointers/he made four in the final 4:28), with five rebounds and three assists ... Vs. Oregon, he tied for the team lead with 13 points and added eight rebounds, four assists and two steals in 36 minutes ... At Washington State, he had 11 points, six rebounds, one assist and one steal in 33 minutes ... His two free throws with seven seconds left gave the Bruins a three-point lead (48-45) ... At Washington, he contributed 13 points, seven rebounds, a career-high tying six assists and one steal ... In overtime, he grabbed two rebounds and his two free throws with 10 seconds left broke an 84-84 tie and gave the Bruins the win ... Against Arizona State, he had 19 points, four rebounds and one block in 33 minutes ... Vs. Arizona, he had 19 points, five rebounds and four assists in 34 minutes ... At Stanford, he had a team-high 15 points, and one steal in 34 minutes ... At California, he led the team with 17 points and added three assists, two rebounds and one steal ... Against USC, he contributed 11 points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal in 32 minutes ... Vs. Washington State, he tied for the team lead with 15 points and added five rebounds and four assists in 31 minutes ... Against Washington, he had 11 points, two rebounds, two steals and one assist in 28 minutes ... At Arizona State, he contributed a team-high 18 points, five rebounds and two assists in 35 minutes ... At Arizona, he led the team with 20 points (8-13, 4-6, 0-0) - 16 in the first half - and added three assists, one rebound and one steal in 27 minutes ... In 29 minutes against California, he had 14 points, five rebounds, one assist and one steal ... Vs. Stanford, he had a team-high 17 points, five rebounds (tied for team best), two steals and one assist in 36 minutes ... At Oregon State, he had a season-high 25 points (9-12, 7-9, 0-0), four rebounds, season-high three steals and two assists in 35 minutes ... He made seven of nine shots from three-point range ... At Oregon, he led the Bruins with 14 points and added four rebounds and two steals in 35 minutes.
HONORS - Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 ... At the Bruins' end-of-the-year banquet, Thompson was given the Coach John Wooden Award (co-Most Valuable Player, with T. J. Cummings) ... Thompson's preseason honors included - Athlon second-team All-Pac-10; Basketball News second-team All-Pac-10; Lindy's No. 13 small forward in the U. S./second-team All-Pac-10; The Sporting News No. 12 small forward in the U. S./second-team All-Pac-10. THOMPSON'S 2003-04 SEASON HIGHS - 42 minutes vs. Loyola Marymount (12/13); 25 points vs. Oregon State (3/4); 9 rebounds vs. Vermont (11/29); 6 assists vs. Washington (1/10), Oregon State (1/2); 3 steals vs. Oregon State (3/4); 1 blocked shot, four times, last vs. St. John's (1/31).
THOMPSON'S 2003-04 PAC-10 RANKINGS - Scoring - 11th, 14.4; Pac-10 Scoring - 10th, 14.8.
2002-03 -- Thompson scored in double figures 20 of 28 games, including seven games of 20 or more points (20 California, h; 21 Kansas/USD; 23 Oregon (Pac-10 Tournament)/Portland; 25 USC, a; career-high 26 Washington,h) ... Led the Bruins in scoring eight times, in rebounding five times, in assists eight times, in blocked shots 10 times and 13 times in steals ... He made at least half his shots in 15 of his last 27 games ... He averaged 14.5 points (217) in his last 15 games (all starts), shooting 46.4 (83 of 179) from the floor, 36.6 (15 of 41) from three-point range and 77.1 (37 of 48) from the line ... Thompson's individual game highlights include - in the season-opener vs. USD as a starter, he scored a then-career-high 21 points to lead the team and added five assists, four rebounds and two steals ... Against Duke (starter), he scored 10 of UCLA's first 12 points and finished with 15 points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals ... He scored a then-career-high 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds coming of the bench vs. Portland ... Off the bench at Kansas, Thompson led the Bruins with 21 points, six rebounds, five assists and a career-high four steals ... Against USC, he led Bruins with 16 points and added four rebounds ... Scored 12 points, one shy of team high, four rebounds, three assists and a team-high three steals in 27 minutes at Stanford ... Started at California and responded with 18 points, a career high-tying four steals, three rebounds and three assists in 28 minutes ... Against Oregon, scored 19 points , with three assists, three steals and three rebounds, in a then-career high-tying 40 minutes ... Scored a then-career-high 25 points at USC, making 11 of 18 shots from the floor and both free throws, and added six rebounds, three assists, a career-high three blocks and two steals ... Hit the game-winning basket, a 16-foot fall-away jumper, with 6.2 seconds remaining in overtime against California in Pauley ... Recorded his first career double-double in that game, leading the Bruins with 20 points, a career-high 11 rebounds and four assists in a career-high 43 minutes ... Against Washington in Pauley, he scored a career-high 26 points and added six rebounds and two assists ... In the Pac-10 Tournament win over Arizona, Thompson had a fine all-around game with 15 points, seven rebounds, three assists and a team-high three steals ... Against Oregon, he led UCLA with 23 points and eight rebounds and added two assists in 40 minutes.
Honors - At UCLA's end-of-the-year banquet, Thompson was given the Bruin Bench Award (Most Improvement in All-around Play and Mental Attitude) ... Preseason- The Sporting News one of 10 players (No. 6) in the U. S. about to break through.
THOMPSON'S SEASON HIGHS - 43 minutes vs. California (2/20/03); 26 points vs. Washington (3/8/03); 11 rebounds vs. California (2/20/03); 6 assists vs. Washington State (3/6/03); 4 steals vs. California (1/25/03) and Kansas (12/21/02); 3 blocked shots vs. USC (2/5/03).
THOMPSON'S PAC-10 RANKINGS (All Games) - Scoring, 15th, 14.0; Steals, 9th, 1.46 (T-4th in Pac-10 games, 1.44).
2001-02 - In 33 games (one start), Thompson averaged 15.0 minutes, 4.5 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists and shot 42.9 from the field, 27.1 (13-48) from three-point range and 87.0 (No. 1, 20-23) from the free throw line ... He averaged 11.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists per 40 minutes of action ... Thompson made his final 14 free throws of the year ... His highlight games included - in 14 minutes at Stanford, he scored 13 points and added two rebounds, one assist and one steal ... In 13 minutes in UCLA's win over No. 1 Kansas, Thompson had five points, two assists, two steals and one rebound ...In his first career start vs. UC Irvine, played a then-career-high 38 minutes, set a then career-high 14 points and had a then-career and team-high seven rebounds, a team-high four assists, two steals and one block.
Maui - Thompson came off the bench in all three games and averaged 20.0 minutes, 7.0 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.0 steals and shot 56.3 from the field. ... His highlight game was South Carolina (22 minutes, 10 points, one rebound, and a then-career-high four assists and three steals).
NCAA - In the three NCAA games, Thompson scored 26 points , making nine of 18 shots from the floor, 2-6 from three-point range and all six free throws ... In 14 minutes vs. Missouri, he had three rebounds and one assist ... In 21 minutes vs. Cincinnati, he had 10 points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal ... In 15 minutes vs. Mississippi, he scored a then-career-high 16 points and added a then-career-high tying and team-high three steals, three rebounds and one assist.
Honors - At the Bruins' season-ending banquet, Thompson shared the Seymour Armond Memorial Award for Most Valuable Freshman with his two first-year teammates, Cedric Bozeman and Andre Patterson ... Preseaon - Athlon No. 21 Top College Freshman, Basketball News No. 33 final high school ranking and Street & Smith's All-West Incoming Freshmen.
High School-- 2001 CIF State 2A co-Player of the Year ... Led Redondo Union to a 27-6 record and the Southern Section Div. 2A title ... Was named one of the five best players in California, selected as a CIF first-team All-Star (all divisions) ... Also was named to the State CIF Div. 2 first team ... Member of Los Angeles Times' All-South Bay/Westside team ... In 2000-01, Thompson averaged 22.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 3.0 steals, and 1.5 blocks and shot 5.1 from the field and 74.0 from the foul line ... Shared MVP honors with former Bruin teammate Andre Patterson at the Long Beach Roundball Extravaganza in June 2001, one of Southern California's top showcases of prep talent ... Began senior year rated as the No. 1 shooting guard in the West, while The Sporting News rated Thompson eighth in its list of top high school small forwards ... As a junior, Thompson helped lead Redondo Union to a 25-5 record, averaging 14.8 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.0 assists ...Lettered three seasons for head coach Jim Nielsen ... Career highs: 44 points, nine steals, five three-pointers, and 11 defensive boards.
Personal--Full Name: Dijon Lynn Thompson ... Right-handed ... Born February 23, 1983 in Los Angeles ... Parents: Melvin and Ingrid Drone ... One sister ... Patterns his play after Scottie Pippen and admires Michael Jordan ... History major ... Pastimes include movies, music, video games and surfing the Internet ... Lists economics as favorite class ... History major.
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