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Enfield, Eagles Sign Bernard Thompson to NLI
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Just days after landing his first recruit as head coach of the FGCU men’s basketball program, Andy Enfield announced on Friday that Bernard Thompson (Rockdale, Ga./Rockdale County HS) has signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to join the program in 2011-12.
Thompson, a senior at Rockdale County (GA) High School, joins Winter Park point guard Brett Comer (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park HS) as an incoming freshmen signed by Enfield and his staff this week. A 6-foot-3 guard, Thompson will have four years of eligibility.
“Bernard Thompson has high character and is an unselfish basketball player,” said Enfield. “He has competed at the national level in both high school and AAU, and is a proven winner. His talent level and strong work ethic make Bernard a tremendous addition to our basketball program.”
Thompson helped lead the Bulldogs to their first Georgia Class 4A State Championship appearance since 1987 this past season, averaging 17 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.2 steals over the 32 games. Under the direction of head coach Alvin Williams, Thompson was named to the Atlanta Journal Constitution Class 4A All-State second team and Rockdale Citizen All-Area first team, while leading Rockdale to a 26-6 record.
An all-around scorer with a knack for getting to the basket, Thompson reached the 20-point plateau in 10 games, getting to the free throw 180 times. Thompson was also a threat from beyond the arc, making 39 three-pointers, including multiple threes in a game on 12 occasions. His 6.5 rebounds per game came on the strength of six double-doubles.
Rockdale’s run at a state championship fell one game short, as the Bulldogs fell to Miller Grove, who finished 32-1 and ranked No. 2 in the state of Georgia, in the title game. In the regular season, Thompson scored a season-high 27 points against Miller Grove, who finished No. 7 in the final USA Today Super 25 Boys’ Basketball ranking.
“It’s very good for coaches to build relationships and I believe coach Enfield’s great relationship with Bernard was crucial,” said Rockdale high school head coach Alvin Williams. “Bernard is a phenomenal player who can score in a variety of ways. He’s a very poised and mature player who will be the first guy in the gym and the last out. His dedication to the classroom is just as strong. FGCU is a great choice and perfect fit for Bernard.”
Thompson capped his season on Tuesday night when he scored 33 points in the senior All-Star game between Newton and Rockdale counties. His 33 points was highlighted by 26 in the first half on five three-pointers. The game featured several Division I commits.