NEW BRITAIN - One of the contributors to one of New Britain basketballâ€™s most memorable seasons in recent memory is moving on to play at the next level.
Bryan Thompson, a recent graduate of New Britain High School and a former member of the Hurricanesâ€™ boys basketball team, has committed to play at Division III Northern Vermont University-Lyndon, where he will also study exercise science. The 5-foot-10 combo guard was a key member of New Britainâ€™s run to the Division II state final this past season, helping the Hurricanes to their first state championship appearance since 2002.
Thompson joins Levi Haviland of Poultney, Vermont; Josh Rivers of Island Pond, Vermont, Tyrese Harris of Wiesbaden, Germany; and Peyton Olsen of Middleburgh, New York as part of the schoolâ€™s 2019 recruiting class.
â€śBryan is a great kid who has the desire to get better each day,â€ť New Britain head coach Kurt Reis said in a statement. â€śBryan takes pride in doing the little things on the floor.Â Bryan will be a great teammate and an asset to the (NVU-Lyndon) basketball program.â€ť
Coming off the bench for Reis in his senior season after transferring from the University High School of Science and Engineering in Hartford, Thompson averaged 9.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game, and also averaged two steals per contest as a part of a New Britain defense that was one of the best in the state.
Through his four-year varsity career, Thompson averaged 15.5 points, 6.5 assists, 2.9 steals and 6.3 rebounds. He holds the school record at University for most points in a single game with 42, and most 3-point field goals in a game with 11.
Thompson also played club basketball with Academic Family Basketball Academy for three seasons.Â His teams captured the Zero Gravity and United States Basketball Association 9th Grade National Championship, the USBA 10th Grade National Championship and the Youth Sports Athletic League 17U Varsity National Championship.
â€śBryan will be a great addition to our program who will provide us with depth and versatility at either guard position,â€ť NVU-Lyndon head coach David Pasiak said in a statement. â€śHe has been a major contributor to winning programs at a number of levels.Â Most importantly, he is another high-character young man who will make a positive contribution to the culture and foundation that we are building.â€ť
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