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Thompson hoping to catch eyes in Germany

Published:Tuesday | September 22, 2020 | 12:08 AMRobert Bailey/Gleaner Writer

Having recently signed with German Euro League club Alba Berlin, Jamaican basketballer Shevon Thompson said the move is one step closer to securing a roster spot on a team in the NBA in the United States.

Thompson, who stands at 7 feet tall, is coming off what he considers a successful year in the Belgian League last season, where he averaged 10 points and 10 rebounds with Oostender.

He says the German league is the best in Europe, and provides what he says is the perfect platform for him to capture the attention of NBA scouts.

“The aim is to get better and continue to learn from the more experienced guys on the team, and to be one of the big and key players on this team,” Thompson said.

Thompson, a graduate of George Mason University, said that his main aim is to dominate the league this season, and once he does this, the rest will be left up to the NBA scouts.

“I am looking forward to it and hopefully I can have a successful year with the club, so that is the goal right now.

“I am just going to keep pushing and grinding and see how it works out,” Thompson said. “This is the best league in Europe, and so it is a great opportunity to be able to play here. The group of guys here are good and the coaches are excellent, and so I couldn’t ask for better than.”

The German Euro League is scheduled to begin next month and Thompson said that he is fit and ready for the competition.

“I am ready whenever they say it is time to go, so I am just waiting on the opportunity to play. My body is in good shape to where I want it to be, so I am grateful for that,” he said.

Thompson, who went undrafted in 2016, represented the Los Angeles Clippers and Orlando Magic in the NBA Summer League competition before.