Ethan Thompson bids farewell to college career at Oregon State


Ethan Thompson has played his last game at Oregon State.

Thompson officially announced Tuesday night via Twitter that he is hanging up his Beavers jersey and moving on to the next chapter of his life. In the heartfelt post, the senior guard expressed his appreciation and support for Beaver Nation.

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"Beaver Nation I just want to say thank you,” Thompson said in a post. “Thank you for the love and support throughout the past 4 years. I appreciate all the positive energy throughout my career. Corvallis has blessed me with unforgettable moments and lifelong friendships for which I will always be grateful...

I am proud of ending my collegiate career in the history books with a Pac-12 tournament championship and Elite 8 appearance.

- Ethan Thompson

As Thompson noted, his career at Oregon State ended on a high note. The Beavers won three-consecutive Pac-12 Tournament games to win the conference title and secure the conference’s automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. The 12-seeded Beavers went on to win three tournament games to reach the Elite Eight for the first time since 1982.


Thompson, who averaged 15.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.9 assists in his final year and was named to the all-conference team, had the option of returning in 2022 after athletes were granted an additional year of eligibility due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Thompson’s impressive career included finishing seventh on Oregon State’s scoring list (1,716 points), third in assists (499), third in minutes (4,301), first in starts (127), fifth in free throws made (444) and eight in 3-pointers (168).

It’s unclear what Thompson’s next step will be. His older brother Stephen Thompson Jr. declared for the 2017 NBA Draft and eventually signed with the NBA G League’s Wisconsin Herd and Erie Bayhawks before heading overseas to suit up for A.S. Stella Azzurra. His father, Stephen Thompson, has been an assistant coach on Wayne Tinkle’s staff since 2014.