John Thompson III
ESPN College Basketball Analyst
John Thompson III joined ESPN as an analyst in 2017 after nearly two decades as one of the most successful college basketball coaches in the country.
Thompson spent 12 years as the head coach at Georgetown, where he helped bring the program back among the elite programs in the country. In just his third year at the helm of the program, he led the Hoyas to a 30-7 record as the team won the BIG EAST Tournament Championship, the NCAA East Regional and advanced to the Final Four for the first time since 1985. The next year, in 2007-08, the Hoyas won back-to-back BIG EAST Regular Season titles, posting a two-year record of 28-6 against conference opponents. He was named the BIG EAST Coach of the Year in 2012-13, when he guided BIG EAST Player of the Year Otto Porter Jr. and the team to 11 straight wins en route to his third conference title.
The Hoyas reached the postseason 11 times, including eight appearances in the NCAA Tournament. In six of Georgetown’s eight NCAA Tournament appearances, Georgetown was selected among the top four teams in its region, earning three No. 2 seeds, two No. 3 seeds and a No. 4 seed.
Prior to coaching at Georgetown, Thompson guided Princeton to three Ivy League Championships, two NCAA tournaments and an NIT appearance over his four years as head coach. He amassed a 68-42 record as Princeton’s head coach after serving as an assistant coach at Princeton from 1995-2000. As assistant coach, he helped lead the team to a top 10 national ranking and five-consecutive postseason appearances.
Princeton not only made the postseason eight of nine years during Thompson’s tenure, but he helped recruit and coach three All-Americans, three Ivy League Players of the Year, two Ivy League Rookies of the Year and 12 First Team All-Ivy League players.
In 17 years of coaching at the collegiate college, Thompson’s teams won 346 games, an average of more than 20 wins per season, six league championships and reached the postseason 12 times.
Thompson is also a two-time winner of the Black Coaches Association (BCA) Male Coach of the Year Award and was named the 2007 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Coach of the Year. In addition, he has international experience, serving as an assistant coach on the USA Basketball Men’s Under-18 National team that competed in the 2008 FIBA Americas U-18 Championship in Argentina and is on the staff for the 2017 and 2018 USA World Cup Qualifying Games.
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