JOPLIN -- Missouri Southern men's basketball coach Robert Corn has announced the signing of Michael Thompson to a national letter of intent to attend Southern and play basketball beginning in the fall of 2011.
Thompson is a 6'9, 220 pound post player from Bettendorf, Iowa. He played at Des Moines (Iowa) Area Community College for coach BJ McGinn and prepped at Bettendorf High School.
At Des Moines, Thompson helped lead the Bears to a 23-8 record this past season and scored 6.1 points per game, while pulling down 5.1 rebounds and shooting 47 percent from the field and 81 percent from the line. He also averaged 2.1 blocks per game.
In high school, Thompson led his team to a 19-4 record his senior season, scoring 8.2 points per game, with 5.1 rebounds. He shot 52 percent from the floor and 72 percent from the free-throw line, while shooting 41 percent from long range.
"We are excited to add Michael to our basketball program," Corn said. "He gives us an inside person with experience having played two years of college basketball. He can score inside and out and we wanted to add another person with some size. We expect Michael to fit in and have two very good years in our program."