Thompson Named to Indiana HOF Silver Anniversary Team
MUNCIE, Ind. -- Chandler Thompson, who lettered three years at Ball State and played on the Cardinals' NCAA Sweet 16 team in 1990, was named Monday to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame's 2013 Silver Anniversary Team.
Each year, the Hall of Fame selects a Silver Anniversary Team to commemorate the top high school seniors in the state from 25 years earlier.
A local product, Thompson starred at Muncie Central High School, helping the Bearcats to a 28-1 record and a state championship win over Shawn Kemp's Concord team as a senior in 1988. An all-state selection and an Indiana All-Star, Thompson finished third in the state's Mr. Basketball voting that year.
He then lettered three years at Ball State, ranking among the top 10 in school history in points (1,219) and rebounds (534) when he concluded his career. His Ball State teams played in the postseason all three years, including the magical run at the end of the 1989-90 season.
Thompson was named to the NCAA All-West Regional Team that year after leading Ball State in scoring in all three of its tournament games. He helped the 12th-seeded Cardinals advance to the Sweet 16 with wins over Oregon State and Louisville before scoring game-high 21 points, including a memorable highlight-reel dunk, in a 69-67 loss to eventual national champion UNLV.
The next year, Thompson averaged a career-high 15.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game as an All-Mid-American Conference choice and an honorable mention All-America selection.
Thompson is the second former Cardinal to be honored in the past week. Dan Palombizio, an honorable mention All-American at Ball State in the mid-1980s, was selected as part of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame's 2013 induction class last week.