Marcus K. Thompson ’89
Hometown: Wilmington, DE
Year Inducted: 2001
Marcus Thompson was a prolific scorer for the Bears, leading Brown in scoring in three of his four years. The Wilmington, Delaware native played at the swing position for Head Coach Mike Cingiser, and began making an impact on the Brown record book in his first season.
In his freshman season, Marcus helped Brown earn its first-ever Ivy League Championship. As a rookie, Marcus showed tremendous promise, blazing to a 20-point game in the season opener against New Hampshire. He also scored the game-winning basket, on a sweet left-handed reverse lay-up, against Dartmouth at home. He played in 27 games for the Bears, averaging 7.7 ppg, and was an honorable mention All-Ivy selection. His career would blossom after his rookie campaign.
As a sophomore, Marcus entered the season with high expectations, and rose to the occasion, leading the Bears in scoring, averaging 10.3 ppg., posting 11 double figure games In his junior season, Marcus again led the Bears in scoring, with 19.3 ppg., scoring double figures in 24 of 26 games that season. He reached the 20-point mark on an impressive 13 occasions, netting a team high, 37 three pointers in that year.
As a senior tri-captain, Marcus returned as a key role in the Bears’ lineup. He entered the season just 65 points shy of cracking the 1,000-point scoring mark. He continued his consistency in the points column, recording 18 double figure games, and led the team in scoring with 17.9 ppg. When the season concluded, Marcus earned first team All-Ivy honors.
A solid performer at the swing position, Marcus ranks among the best in the Brown record book. He finished his career as Brown’s third all-time career scorer, with 1,328 points. He is tied for ninth place on the all-time free throw list, with 261, and is fourth all-time in field goals, with 498.
After graduating from Brown with a dual degree in Organizational Behavior and African American History, Marcus continued his basketball career in Europe, where he played in the Portugese Professional League. He continued to display his basketball prominence in the League, recording a 55-point game on one occasion.
Currently, Marcus resides in Wilmington, Delaware, where he serves as an officer in the State of Delaware Office of Probation and Parole. He and his wife, Carmelita, have one son, Marcus, Jr.