Stephen Thompson Jr. was selected the 2018-19 Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the Conference office announced on Friday.
Thompson Jr., who completed his bachelor’s degree in digital communication arts with a 3.57 grade-point average in just three years, is the first Oregon State recipient of the Conference’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year award in men’s basketball. Currently pursuing his master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with a focus on speech communication and sociology, Thompson Jr. is 1-of-9 major conference players to earn CoSIDA Academic All-District honors this season and is among 40 on the ballot for national Academic All- America honors.
The senior guard and three-time team captain from Los Angeles is second on the Beavers’ roster in scoring (15.9 ppg) and ranks first with 59 three-pointers and 46 steals while leading the Pac-12 in minutes played (36.7) this season. He is OSU’s career leader with 228 three-pointers and is the active leading scorer in the Pac-12 with 1,731 career points, a total which ranks fifth all-time at OSU and 53rd in Conference history.
Thompson Jr., and the Beavers will be back in action tomorrow at noon against Washington Sate, where they look to lock up a top-4 seed in the PAC-12 Tournament.