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Cat Thompson
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Thompson from the 1930 Montanan
Personal information
Born(1906-02-10)February 10, 1906
St. George, Utah
DiedOctober 7, 1990(1990-10-07) (aged 84)
Idaho Falls, Idaho
Listed height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Career information
High schoolDixie (St. George, Utah)
CollegeMontana State (1926–1930)
Career highlights and awards
Basketball Hall of Fame as player
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2006

John Ashworth "Cat" Thompson (February 10, 1906 – October 7, 1990) was an American basketball player.

He won the Utah state championship with Dixie High School team and finished second in the High School National Tournament in 1925. In college, he played for 3 seasons for Montana State, during which time his team had a record of 102-11. In 1929 he won the Helms Foundation Player of the Year award and his team won Helms National Championship . He averaged 15.4 points per game when the average team scored 40 points per game.

He was named All-America in 1927, 1928, 1929 and 1930. He scored 1,539 points in 100 career college games he played. He was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1962.

A 2009 ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia named Thompson "one of the five greatest college hoops players of the first half of the 20th century"[1]


  1. ^ ESPN (2009). ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia - The Complete History of the Men's Game. Ballantine Books. p. 297. ISBN 9780345513922.