Morgan Thompson will have the opportunity to continue her basketball career at the next level. On Tuesday, Pineville’s senior guard signed her letter of intent to play basketball at the University of Pikeville.
The road to UPike was a surprising one for Thompson, who was planning on going to Alice Lloyd before coaches at UPike began showing interest.
“This actually means a lot to me. I hadn’t planned to go on and play, but I had some people come in and talk to me about what kind of an influence I had on their teams and that I needed to go,” Thompson told the Pineville Sun. “They helped me get there — Amanda Vermillion (Knox Central’s head coach) and Mike Johnson, who taught me how to shoot. I’m very thankful to them. It meant a lot.”
Thompson was a staple in the rotation at Pineville the moment she stepped foot in the school during her sophomore year.
“She came here her sophomore year and she brought a lot with her. She’s a very talented young lady with a lot of offensive skills. Defensively, she battles,” Mills told the Pineville Sun. “She doesn’t really start anything but she’ll finish it. She’s really aggressive in a good way. She led us with her intensity and will to win.”
As a sophomore, Thompson averaged 6.3 points per game — good enough to finish as the third leading scorer. Coming off the bench as a role player in her junior season, the guard averaged 4.8 points.
Thompson started at guard during her senior campaign and was always a threat as a shooter. She shot the ball at a 42.9 percent clip from the field and shot a team-best 35.8 percent from 3-point range. She finished the year averaging 8.7 points.
Thompson recently earned a spot on the All-SEKC team.
UPike finished the season with a 21-11 record while going 8-6 in conference play. The Bears compete in the Mid-South Conference at the NAIA level.
Thompson plans to study nursing at Pikeville.
Jay Compton of the Pineville Sun contributed to this report.
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