Ethan Thompson joins Gary Payton in Oregon State men’s basketball history

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There are only two players to come through the Oregon State men’s basketball program that have recorded over 1,400 career points and over 400 career assists:

  • Gary Payton
  • Ethan Thompson

That’s it. No one else. A small, elite group. 

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Let’s start with Gary ‘The Glove’ Payton.

Payton played for four years at Oregon State from 1986-1989. In his final season in Corvallis, he averaged 25.7 points, 8.1 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game. That season, he also shot 50.4% from the field.

GP finished his career in orange and black a 3x All-Pac-10 player, the Pac-10 Rookie of the Year (1986-1987), the Pac-10 Player of the Year (1989-1990), dropped 2,172 points and 938 total assists.

Now, Ethan Thompson.

It was a welcomed sight in Beaver nation when Thompson decided to return to Oregon State for his senior season. 

The 6’5” guard from Los Angeles, California has been the starting point guard in Corvallis since his freshman campaign in 2017-2018. 

This season, Thompson is averaging 16.1 points, 3.8 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game for the Beavs.

On Saturday against in-state rival Oregon, Thompson needed 11 points to join GP in this historical category. He recorded 19. As of Saturday’s contest, Thompson now has 1,408 career points and 421 career assists and there is still half a season of college basketball left. 

This season, Oregon State is 8-5 overall, 4-3 in the Pac-12 conference and currently riding a three-game win-streak behind the leadership and skill from Thompson.