Former Virginia guard Darius Thompson will transfer to Western Kentucky, the program confirmed Thursday. The UVA graduate is eligible to play the 2017-18 season for the Hilltoppers.
“We’re awfully excited to have Darius become a part of our program and our family," WKU coach Rick Stansbury said in a release. “It’s very obvious he comes from a winning program and also grew up in a home where his father (Lonnie) is the head coach at Cumberland University in Tennessee. He brings lots of different abilities, and most importantly, he’s a high-character young man who will provide us with some experience and leadership for a very new, young team.”
Thompson asked for his release in March after two seasons in Charlottesville, Va. Thompson appeared in 70 games with 25 starts during his two seasons competing at Virginia, shooting 48.2 percent from the field and 36.5 percent from 3-point range.
He averaged 6.2 points, 2.2 assists and 1.6 rebounds during the 2016-17 season and scored 10-plus points in nine games. He matched a Virginia record with eight consecutive made 3s during a seven-game stretch dating back to the 2015-16 campaign.
Originally from Murfreesboro, Tenn., Thompson played the 2013-14 season at Tennessee where he started 10 games and played in all 37 for the Volunteers. He averaged 2.6 points, two rebounds, 2.4 assists, one steal and 16.8 minutes per game and was a 2013 Tennessee Class AAA Mr. Basketball finalist, a TSWA Class AAA all-state, all-region and all-district performer each of his last two seasons and a McDonald’s All-American nominee.
Thompson played for Blackman High School where he averaged 16.4 points, 6.4 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game as a senior in 2012-13. He was a TSWA Class AAA all-state performer as a junior and senior.
Lonnie Thompson, Darius’ father, is the head coach at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tenn., and was a Middle Tennessee assistant from 1994-96.
Thompson would join November signees Mitchell Robinson, Josh Anderson and Taveion Hollingsworth, spring signees Jordan Brangers and Jake Ohmer and recent commits Marek Nelson and Chris Duarte. Buffalo transfer Lamonte Bearden, Austin Peay transfer Jared Savage, Northwest Florida State transfer Moustpaha Diagne and freshman enrollee Robinson Idehen will also be a part of the team, as well as walk-on Miles Weber.
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