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John "Cat" Thompson

A high school phenomenon, John Thompson did not slow down when he hit the college courts. Leading Dixie High School to the Utah state championship and a second place finish in the 1925 High School National Tournament in Chicago, Thompson progressed to become one of the nation’s top players at Montana State, piloting the Golden Bobcats to a 102-11 record in three seasons. Clever, quick, and beautifully conditioned, Montana State coach G. Ott Romney nicknamed Thompson “The Cat.” The three-time All-Rocky Mountain Conference selection averaged 15.4 points a game for his career at a time when the national team scoring average was 40 points. In three seasons, The Cat scored an amazing 1,539 points in 100 collegiate games and finished his career as Montana State’s all-time leading scorer. Thompson was ahead of his time and his scoring prowess moved the game of basketball forward.

Enshrined 1962
Born February 10, 1906 St. George, UT
Died October 07, 1990
College Montana State
Career Stats
3x ALL-AMERICAN
1 HELMS NATIONAL
CHAMPIONSHIP
1x HELMS FOUNDATION
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
1,539 POINTS SCORED IN
100 COLLEGIATE GAMES
15.4 PPG DURING HIS CAREER
BECOMING MONTANA STATE'S
ALL-TIME LEADING SCORER
3x ALL-ROCKY MOUNTAIN
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