Thompson answers Slammers’ SOS

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South West Slammers recruit Brandon Thompson is excited to show his skills to the fans this Sunday at the Eaton Recreation Centre.
Camera IconSouth West Slammers recruit Brandon Thompson is excited to show his skills to the fans this Sunday at the Eaton Recreation Centre. Credit: Jon Gellweiler

Brandon Thompson was excited when he answered an SOS call from Printsync South West Slammers coach Carl Catalano.

The 25-year-old was asked by Catalano to come and play for the South West side as a replacement for import Justin Reynolds, with the coach believing the team’s dynamic was not what it needed to gain success.

Thompson comes to the Slammers on the recommendation of three-time Most Valuable Player Tre Nichols, who played against the guard back in their home state of Texas.

Both Catalano and Nichols’ call to recruit Thompson looks to be justified, with the import scoring a game-high 35 points in his debut against the Goldfields Giants on Saturday night.

“Tre reached out to me and told me it would be a great opportunity to play for the Slammers,” he said.

“He said it was a great organisation, full of great people and in a great city.

“I really wanted to go ahead and grab the opportunity.”

The softly spoken 193cm American prefers to let his actions on the basketball court speak for itself.

“I can bring a lot of scoring, leadership and being a good teammate,” he said.

Thompson believes the Slammers would suit his style of play.

“I love the team and I love the vibe I get from the team,” he said.

“There is a lot of grinding. Practice is intense from beginning to end.”

Slammers fans will get their first chance to see Thompson in action this Sunday, when the South West team hosts the Perry Lakes Hawks at the Eaton Recreation Centre.

Thompson said he wanted to excite the crowd with his athleticism and perimeter shooting.

“I love shooting threes,” he said.

The Huston-Tillotson University graduate wants to leave a lasting impact on the Slammers.

“I strive to be the best, make the team better and make myself better, as well as become a better person,” he said.

Tip-off is at midday.

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