Race Thompson to return to Indiana for 2021-22 season

  • 04/08/2021 11:30 am in

Indiana forward Race Thompson is returning to the Hoosiers for the 2021-22 season.

Thompson made the announcement Thursday on social media.

The Minnesota native was one of six Indiana players who entered the NCAA transfer portal following the firing of Archie Miller at the conclusion of the 2020-21 season. While in the transfer portal, the 6-foot-8 forward had significant interest from high major schools, including Minnesota.

As a redshirt junior, Thompson was voted a team captain and averaged 9.1 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. He was one of two IU players to start all 27 games.

Thompson had career highs of 22 points and 13 rebounds in a 79-58 win over Providence on Nov. 30 in the Maui Invitational in Asheville.

Late last season, Thompson wore a protective face mask after being inadvertently hit in practice.

Over 65 career games for the Hoosiers, Thompson has averaged 5.5 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. His return is another recruiting win this spring for new coach Mike Woodson, who is working to build his first Indiana roster for the 2021-22 season.

Thus far, four of the six Hoosiers who entered the NCAA transfer portal have opted to return to Bloomington next season. The only IU player from last season’s roster who remains in the portal is guard Armaan Franklin.

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