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Prospect Profile:
Dijon Thompson

Full Name: Dijon Lynn Thompson
Position: Guard/Forward
Height/Weight: 6-7 (2.00 m) / 195 (88.5 kg)
Birthdate: February 23, 1983 (Los Angeles)
High School: Redondo Union HS (Redondo Beach, Calif.)
College: UCLA
 
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Originally an early entry candidate for the 2004 NBA Draft before withdrawing his name from consideration.

Career Highlights: Earned All-Pac-10 honors and was named All-District by the USBWA and NABC as a senior. Finished collegiate career as the 19th all-time leading scorer in UCLA history with 1,458 points. Also finished tied for fifth UCLA’s all-time list for three-point field goals made with 133.

Senior (2004-05): Led team in scoring (18.4 ppg, fourth in the Pac-10) and rebounding (7.9 rpg, third). Recorded eight double-doubles. Exploded for career-high 39 points vs. Arizona State, hitting 7-for-9 shots from three-point range. Registered 27 points and 10 rebounds at Arizona. Posted a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds vs. Michigan State. Grabbed career-high 16 rebounds vs. Washington State. Paced team with 22 points and seven rebounds in season-ending loss to Texas Tech in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Junior (2003-04): Led team in scoring (14.4 ppg) and ranked third in rebounding (4.3 rpg). Was the team’s high scorer in 12 games, including nine of the last 16 contests. Notched season-high 25 points at Oregon State, including 7-for-9 shooting from three-point range. Tallied 14 points and eight rebounds vs. Kentucky. Led team with 20 points at Arizona. Had an all-around game of 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists at Washington.

Sophomore (2002-03): Averaged 14.0 points and 4.7 rebounds. Became a starter at mid-season. Had seven games of 20 or more points, with a career-high 26 points vs. Washington. Registered 25 points, six rebounds, three assists and three blocks at USC. Scored 15 points vs. Duke. Recorded 21 points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals at Kansas. Posted first career double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds vs. California. Paced team with 23 points and eight rebounds in the Pac-10 Tournament vs. Oregon.

Freshman (2001-02): Averaged 4.5 points and 2.2 rebounds in 15.0 minutes a contest. Recorded season-high 16 points vs. Mississippi in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Tallied 14 points and seven rebounds vs. UC Irvine in his first career start. Scored 13 points in 14 minutes at Stanford.

Strengths: Solid long-range shooter with decent ball-handling skills for a big guard. Good scoring ability. Has the ability to come off a screen, catch and shoot.

Personal: Majoring in history. Admires Michael Jordan and patterns his play after Scottie Pippen. Favorite pastimes include music, movies, video games and surfing the Internet. Considers economics his favorite subject.

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