Men's Basketball

Sam Thompson


Chicago, Ill.

High School:
Whitney Young

Height / Weight:
6-7 / 200


Sam  Thompson


Ohio State Dominates Nebraska, 81-57

Tate, Thompson, Scott combine for 50 points in blowout.


Balanced Offense Leads No. 12 Ohio State Over Morehead State, 87-71

D'Angelo Russell and Sam Thompson each scored 15 points to lead the Buckeyes


Williams Scores 23 to Lead No. 12 Ohio State Over High Point, 97-43

Kam Williams scored a career-high 23 points to lead the Buckeyes


No. 16 Men's Basketball Defeats James Madison, 73-56

Sam Thompson led the Buckeyes with 13 points and six rebounds in win over James Madison.


Buckeyes Tabbed Third by Panel of Conference Media

Wisconsin named unanimous preseason Big Ten favorite


Men's Basketball vs. Arizona

NCAA Tournament on March 21, 2015


Men's Basketball vs. Michigan State

Big Ten Tournament on March 13, 2015


Men's Basketball vs. Minnesota

Big Ten Tournament on March 12, 2015


Men's Basketball vs. Wisconsin

March 8, 2015


No. 23 Ohio State at Penn State

No. 23 Ohio State takes down Penn State, 77-67


  • 2015 honorable mention All-Big Ten (media)

AS A SENIOR (2014-15)

  • Started all 35 games, ranking second on the team at 32.5 minutes per contest
  • Second on the team with 10.2 points per game to go along with 3.9 rebounds per contest
  • Added 63 assists, 46 steals and 33 blocks
  • Finished career with 1,001 career points
  • 146 career games played total ranks third in program history

Notable Games in 2014-15

  • Connected on six of nine shots for 14 points while grabbing four boards and handing out a pair of assists vs. UMass-Lowell (11/14)
  • Scored 10 points and added six rebounds and three assists in a career-high 37 minutes against Marquette (11/18)
  • Tallied 12 points and four boards vs. Sacred Heart (11/23)
  • Scored 11 points while adding three rebounds and three assists against Campbell (11/26)
  • Scored 13 points and added six rebounds against James Madison (11/28)
  • Notched seven points and seven boards in a career-high 40 minutes at Louisville (12/2)
  • Scored 10 points and grabbed five boards against High Point (12/10)
  • Scored a season-high 15 points and dished out a career-best five assists vs. Morehead State (12/13)
  • Poured in a season-best 17 points vs. North Carolina (12/20)
  • Tied season high with 17 points vs. Iowa (12/30)
  • Scored 13 points vs. Illinois (1/3)
  • Scored 12 points at Indiana (1/10)
  • Totaled 12 points, three rebounds, three assists and a career-high five steals vs. Michigan (1/13)
  • Tallied 11 points, four boards, two assists and two blocks at Northwestern (1/22)
  • Notched seven points and six boards vs. Maryland (1/29)
  • Tallied nine points, five boards, four steals, three assists and three blocks at Purdue (2/4)
  • Scored a career-high 22 points and grabbed five boards against Penn State (2/11)
  • Scored 10 points at Michigan State (2/14)
  • Scored 11 points and grabbed three rebounds at Michigan (2/22)
  • Talled 15 points, five boards, three steals and two blocks against Nebraska (2/26)
  • Scored 14 points and grabbed five rebounds vs. Purdue (3/1)
  • Scored 13 points vs. Michigan State (3/13)
  • Scored 18 points and pulled down three rebounds against Arizona (3/21)

AS A JUNIOR (2013-14)

  • Played in all 35 games, starting 14 ... made first start of season at Wisconsin (2/1)
  • Averaged 7.9 points per game and 2.7 rebounds per contest
  • Played in 100th game as a Buckeye vs. Purdue (2/8)

Notable Games in 2013-14

  • Co-leader among all scorers at Marquette (11/16) with 13 points
  • Had three assists at Marquette (11/16) to tie career high
  • One of four Buckeyes to score in double figures with 14 points vs. Maryland (12/4) ... 6-of-9 from the field ... led Buckeye bench with 14 of 26 points
  • 3-of-4 alley-oop dunks vs. Maryland (12/4) were featued on ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10 plays at Nos. 10, 8 and 2
  • Contributed 12 of Ohio State's 29 bench points vs. North Dakota State (12/14)
  • Scored a season-high 18 points at Michigan State (1/7) on 7-of-10 shooting and 3-of-5 from free throw line
  • Tied career best with 3 steals at Nebraska (1/20)
  • Tied career best with three 3-point field goals vs. Northwestern (2/19)
  • Led all scorers with a season-high 19 points - 16 of which came in the second half of play vs. Minnesota (2/22)
  • Led all scorers with 18 points and a career-best eight field goals vs. Dayton in second round of NCAA Tournament (3/20)

AS A SOPHOMORE (2012-13)

  • Started all 37 games with averages of 7.8 points and 3.5 rebounds per game
  • Second on the team in blocks with 31
  • Through four NCAA games, tallied 10.5 points and a team-leading 5.8 boards per game in tourney action
  • Produced first career double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds in NCAA round of 64 victory over Iona (3/22) ... Shot 8-of-8 at the FT line vs. the Gaels, career highs in both makes and attempts
  • Was third on team in scoring through Big Ten tournament, finishing with 11.7 points per game.=
  • Scored a career-high 19 points in conference quarterfinal vs. Nebraska (3/15/13), hitting eight FGs and three 3-pointers, also career highs

Notable Games in 2012-13

  • Made first career start against Albany (11/11) and notched a career-high four blocks
  • Earned two spots on ESPN Sportscenter's Top 10 plays of Jan. 2 with a block and windmill dunk vs. Nebraska ... Finished contest with Huskers with six points and six boards
  • Made third appearance of the year on ESPN Sportscenter's Top 10 plays with a posterizing dunk at Purdue (1/8), ending night with eight points and two blocks
  • Led all scorers with 16 points in win at Penn State (1/26), hitting a career-best 6-7 from the field ... Also came up with pair of blocks and steals
  • One of four players to score in double-digits vs. Northwestern (2/14), tallying 11 points on 5-9 shooting
  • Produced 10 points off 5-7 shooting in loss at Wisconsin (2/17), one of only two OSU players to score double-digits
  • Put up a seaso-high tying four blocks in win at Northwestern (2/28) and grabbed five defensive boards
  • Shot 80 percent (4-5) at Indiana (3/5), tallying nine points, five defensive boards and two blocks


  • Saw action in all 39 games, providing an athletic spark off the bench to produce 2.1 points and 1.1 rebounds per game to go with 17 total blocks (third on the team)
  • In NCAA action, averaged 6.8 minutes between the five games with four total points
  • Only freshman and one of six total players to see action in every game

Notable Games in 2011-12

  • Had six explosive points off the bench vs. Jackson State (11/18)
  • Produced eight points and three assists, both career highs, against VMI (11/23) ... was 2-3 from FT line
  • Earned appearance on ESPN Top 10 Plays with dunk vs. USC Upstate (12/14) ... Ended game vs. Spartans with career high-tying eight points and first two blocks
  • Collected six points and earned highlight reel status with a thunderous alley-oop dunk off of an inbounds pass in a New Year's Eve game at Indiana
  • Hit first career 3-pointer at Iowa (1/7), ending game with five points
  • Put up three blocks at Nebraska (1/21) and produced pair of steals
  • Tied career high in assists with three and added a pair of blocks vs. Penn State (1/25)
  • Tallied four points vs. Illinois (2/21), two coming off an emphatic dunk assisted by Shannon Scott, and added pair of show-stopping blocks
  • Played six minutes in the regional final vs. Syracuse (3/24), throwing down an explosive dunk off an in-bounds pass in the first half for his first field goal of the tournament


  • Averaged 17.6 points (188-331/.568 FGs) and 8.7 rebounds per game as a senior
  • Also added 5.5 assists, 3.3 blocks and 2 steals per game helping Whitney Young to a 20-10 overall record
  • Contributed 10 points and eight rebounds per gameduring his junior campaign
  • Was a part of two state championships (2008-09) and was runner-up in 2010
  • Son of Hubert Thompson and Kennise Herring. His siblings include Franklin, Victoria and Malcolm Carstafhnur
  • Played for Coach Tyrone Slaughter at Whitney Young, the alma mater of First Lady Michelle Obama
  • Also played for Mac Irvin Fire's club team, coached by Mike Irvin
  • Lists greatest sports thrill is winning the 2009 4A Illinois State Championship
  • After graduation, would like to continue playing basketball or pursue a career in investment banking


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