Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013
The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) revealed their 2012-13 All-America teams and for the first time in Hobart College history, a Statesman was among the honorees. Senior guard Stefan Thompson garnered second team honors.
"This is a well-deserved honor for Stefan," Head Coach Mike Neer said. "In addition to being a difference-maker on the court, he has been a tremendous teammate, a leader and well-respected across campus not only for his success but also for his humility. He has been a joy to coach."
It's the third time this month that Thompson has been honored by the NABC. He will be the first Hobart student-athlete to participate in the NABC/Reese's Division III College All-Star game on March 23, and he earned NABC All-East honors for the second straight season. Thompson also captured first team All-East praise from D3hoops.com and first team ECAC Upstate All-Star status. Voted the 2012-13 Liberty League Player of the Year, he was a unanimous first-team All-Liberty League selection, marking his fourth straight appearance on the all-conference teams and third straight time on the first team.
This season, Thompson produced career-highs in points (438, 15.6 ppg), assists (150, 5.4 apg), field goals made (147), and 3-pointers made (54). He led the Liberty League and ranks 22nd in the nation in assists. Thompson also paced the league and ranks 28th in the nation in assist-to-turnover (a career-best 2.3). He also ranked among the best in the conference in scoring (4th), free throw shooting (4th, .841), 3-point shooting (5th, a career-high .422), and 3-pointers made per game (6th, a career-high 1.9).
Thompson played in all 113 games, a Hobart record, over the past four seasons, starting 111, also a Hobart record. The only two games he did not start were Senior Days during his first-year and sophomore seasons. Thompson compiled 1,643 career points, 492 career assists and 145 career steals. He ranks fourth on the Statesmen's all-time scoring list, second on the assists list (just 13 off the record), second in career free throws made (500), sixth in career 3-pointers made (121), and seventh in career steals.
Thompson's first year on campus was met with high praise, including the Liberty League Rookie of the Year, the ECAC Upstate Rookie of the Year, and the D3hoops.com East Region Rookie of the Year awards. A second team all-conference pick in 2009-10, he moved up to the first team as a sophomore. Last season, Thompson garnered second team All-East honors from both the NABC and D3hoops.com, as well as first team All-Liberty League recognition.
A two-year captain, Thompson led Hobart from Day 1, running the point and guiding the Statesmen to unprecedented success. Hobart went 17-11 in 2009-10, earning an ECAC Upstate Tournament berth. The following year, the Statesmen won the ECAC Upstate Championship and improved to 21-7, a school record for wins in a season that lasted only one year. In 2011-12, Hobart produced the best season in school history, going 23-6. Hobart earned the program's first at-large berth in the NCAA tournament-the Statesmen previously made the big dance as an automatic qualifier in 2001-and earned the program's first NCAA win with a 64-60 knockout of Ohio Wesleyan in the first round. This season, the Statesmen went 21-7, won the Liberty League regular season and tournament championships and returned to the NCAA tournament.
The Class of 2013 is the first Hobart basketball class to record four straight winning seasons since the Class of 1956. The Class of 2013 is the only group of Statesmen to produce four consecutive postseason berths, to win three straight conference regular season titles and to record three 20-win seasons in a row.
Thompson is scheduled to graduate in May with a bachelor's degree in anthropology and sociology. He hopes to play professional basketball in Europe and then pursue a coaching career in college basketball.