P.J. Thompson to return to Purdue as graduate assistant coach


NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 03: P.J. Thompson #11 of the Purdue Boilermakers reacts after making a three point shot in the second half during semifinals of the Big 10 Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 3, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – After one year playing professional basketball overseas, P.J. Thompson will return to the Purdue hoops program as a graduate assistant under Matt Painter.

In his career with the Gold & Black, Thompson played in 137 total games while starting 97 of them between 2014 and 2018. He averaged 5.9 points and 2.1 assists per game and is Purdue’s all-time leader with a 2.94 assist-turnover ratio.

Thompson’s one-year career playing for FOG Naestved in Denmark was quite impressive, as he led the squad in minutes played (30.7/game), three pointers (3.2/game), and assists (4.9/game). His 16.9 points were second-best on the team.

Thompson will join his former teammate Grady Eifert as graduate assistants under Matt Painter.

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