The senior record-setter is grateful for the lessons he learned as a Wolverine and hopes for the chance to apply them as a professional over-seas
By Kyle Spencer
Nick Thompson’s name will remain etched in the record books at UVU after he leaves. The senior became the first Wolverine to ever post a triple-double, finishing with a stat line of 13 points, 10 rebounds, and school-record 12 assists in a UVU win against Austin Peay in December. The memory of the momentous night will stick with him.
“The triple-double was a cool experience,” Thompson said. “I had come close a couple of times during my career but to do it was something I will definitely remember.”
One spectacular performance isn’t all the Clearfield, Utah native will take away from his time as a Wolverine.
“I learned a lot in my two years at UVU and grew up a lot,” Thompson said. “I think the basketball program here does a good job of balancing basketball and the opportunity to learn important life skills. To be able to play with a solid group of guys where I look at each of my teammates as role models is awesome.”
Thompson played at Easter Utah for two years after high school before transferring to Oklahoma, where he played in 17 games. Thompson then came home, sitting out the 2011-12 while taking classes at UVU. This year he played and started in every game, averaging 9.9 points per game, 7.9 rebounds, and a team-high 4.2 assists.
The Wolverines fell in the quarterfinals of the Great West Conference tournament in double-OT this year, Thompson’s 22-point, 13-rebound effort coming up just short. Despite the difficult ending to a superb season from Nick Thompson, the six-foot-nine big man doesn’t have any regrets.
“I think everything happens for a reason,” Thompson said. “I love UVU. I’m glad I got to come here. I’ve grown up and learned a lot.”
While his time to break records as a Wolverine is over, Nick plans on showcasing his talents abroad.
“I’m talking with some agents right now,” Thompson said. “I’ll probably end up in Europe.”