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Frank L. Thompson

There have been several "glory eras" of basketball at The University of Akron and Frank Thompson played a large part in formulating one of them. Thompson burst on the UA scene in 1962 after earning All-City and All-District honors at Akron East High School. By the time he finished his four-season career, Thompson had played in 101 games and had contributed 841 points and had grabbed 996 rebounds, sixth highest on the Zip's all-time list, as UA won 90 of 109 games. Thompson made an immediate impact, appearing in 18 games in which he averaged 5.2 rebounds, fourth best on a team that won 22 of 25 games - the most wins in 62 seasons of the sport on campus. The following season, Thompson, who would be the recipient of UA's Best Defensive Player Award his last three campaigns, was a starter who played in all 31 games as UA compiled a 24-7 mark. During that record-setting 24-win campaign in which UA captured its first Ohio Conference (OC) crown since 1948-49, won the school's first NCAA Mideast Regional title and eventually finished national runner-up in the NCAA College Division Tournament, Thompson hauled down a career-high 348 rebounds, fourth highest on the current all-time season list, and a career-high 299 points. After a year's layoff, Thompson returned to average 10.1 rebounds and 8.8 points as the 1965-66 Zip squad repeated as OC and NCAA Mideast champs before finishing third in the NCAA College Division while winning 24 of 28 games. As a senior Thompson contributed 11.3 rebounds and 9.4 points a game to another excellent season of 20-5. A 1988 inductee into UA's Hall of Fame, Thompson is Compliance Manager at Goodyear, is married to Cheyenne and is father to teenage daughters, Tai and Kellie.

Inducted 2000 | Basketball