April 22, 2014
Cullowhee, N.C. -
Western Carolina men's basketball coach Larry Hunter has announced Tucker Thompson as the fourth signee for the 2014-15 season as announced Tuesday afternoon.
"We are extremely pleased and excited to have Tucker joining our basketball family," Hunter said. "Tucker is a very talented big man with a huge upside. He is 6'10", 230lbs and still growing. He is person of tremendous character who has a lot of a maturity and has established high academic and athletic goals for himself."
Thompson, who signed with the Catamounts during the spring signing period, is a 6'10" center from Huntersville, N.C. and William Amos Hough High School were he played for Justin Batts for two seasons. Thompson missed his sophomore season due to an injury, but came back his junior year averaging 3.5 points per game and 4.0 rebounds per game for a team that went 23-6.
His senior season, Thompson averaged 11.9 points per game and 8.8 rebounds per game while shooting 54 percent from the floor en route to all-conference honors. He was also named to the All-Lake Norman Team for his efforts. His team went 22-6 and won the conference championship. T
"Tucker has played at a very competitive high school in Charlotte and has had excellent coaching," Hunter added. "He has a good offensive skill set and is definitely a positive factor at the defensive end. The thing that impresses me the most about Tucker's game is his energy and passion for playing the game. He is an unselfish competitor and a winner. He is another piece to an already good recruiting class."
Thompson joins Alex Hicks, Devin Peterson and Ashley Williams who all signed during the fall signing period on November 13.