Charlotte Hornets Add Thompson and Washburn to Training Camp Roster

September 15, 2015 – Charlotte Hornets General Manager Rich Cho announced today that the team has signed forward Sam Thompson and center Jason Washburn to its training camp roster.  Per team policy, terms of the deals were not released. The training camp roster now stands at 18.

As a senior at Ohio State last season, Thompson, a 6-7 forward, averaged career highs of 10.2 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. Over his four-year career at Ohio State, he appeared in 146 games (83 starts), averaging 6.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 22.9 minutes per game. Thompson went undrafted in the 2015 NBA Draft. 

Washburn, a 7-0 center, has spent the last two seasons playing professionally in the Ukraine, Belarus and Belgium. During the 2014-15 season, he played 27 games (six starts) for Basic-Fit of the Belgium-Scooore League and posted averages of 8.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in 18.7 minutes per game.  As a four-year player at the University of Utah, he appeared in 123 games (70 starts) and averaged 8.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 22.4 minutes per game. Washburn went undrafted in the 2013 NBA Draft.

The team’s training camp roster is listed below:

HEAD COACH: Steve Clifford (Maine-Farmington)ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH: Patrick Ewing (Georgetown)ASSISTANT COACHES: Stephen Silas (Brown), Pat Delany (Saint Anselm), Bob Weiss (Penn State), Steve Hetzel (Michigan State), Bruce Kreutzer (SUNY-New Paltz)  

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