Luke Thompson has been the most exciting name at the 1994 age group in Ireland for a while, and his latest performances in the National Cup have backed up the hype.
The young Dubliner, who has been the cornerstone of many successful underage seasons for his club Templeogue, has been of the the top players in the country and has attracted the attention of former NBA star, Calvin Booth.
Coming off a 44 point game in the under-20 National Cup Quarter Finals against UCC Demons, Thompson barely raised any eyebrows with this feat, which has become a regular thing for this exciting prospect.
Thompson first began to play basketball at the age of 8 with Templeogue, initially at the academy, but within a year was already playing in the Under 11s Dublin League. Having spent many years under the guidance of his own father, Mick Thompson as coach, he quickly blossomed into the finest player in Dublin at his age.
For the next number of years Thompson developed a reputation around the country and was selected to represent Dublin and Ireland throughout his underage career. He frequently had high scoring games, his most recent 44 point game actually his 6th for the club, something which has frustrated him as he chases his father’s personal record of 45 points in a single game.
In 2009, former NBA player Calvin Booth came to Ireland to coach at a Basketball Ireland camp, where he spotted the talents of Thompson. After developing a relationship with Luke and his father, Booth invited the youngster to play for his AAU team, Nova Village, in Ohio USA. With that tournament proving to be a success, Booth has had an increased presence in Templeogue Basketball Club, and has helped Thompson to develop his game even further.
Since his initial trip to America, Thompson has been back a number of times, competing in tournaments and participating in showcases in front of many college scouts, including Penn State. However, whether Thompson will cross over to the States for college has yet to be decided.
What is known is that with his natural ability to score on both the underage level and National League stages, expect some more big performances throughout the years. Check out the highlight video below: