UMBC suspends Thompson, its top scorer, for season

November 24, 1992|By Ken Murray | Ken Murray,Staff Writer

Derell Thompson, UMBC's leading scorer last season, has been suspended from the basketball team for a violation of team rules and the school's student conduct code in early September.

Thompson, a senior, has been dismissed from the team for the 1992-93 season, although coach Earl Hawkins yesterday left open the possibility of his return next year.

Hawkins declined to give specifics of the incident, which took place Sept. 14 on campus. "It's unfortunate," Hawkins said, "but I feel he'll be fine in time."

Thompson could not be reached for comment.

After the incident, Thompson's case went to a university judicial board. There was a hearing, and the decision to suspend Thompson was made Friday.

How much the Retrievers will miss the 6-foot-4 forward remains to be seen. Hawkins said the team has played two preseason games without Thompson, and its focus has been on playing the season without him.

Thompson participated in approximately one-third of the team's practices, Hawkins said. He missed the rest because of tardiness that was unrelated to the rules violation.

"Of course, he'll be missed," Hawkins said. "Other guys will have to step it up."

Candidates for Thompson's spot are 6-3 sophomore Artie Walker and 6-4 freshman Felton Scott, from Homestead, Fla.

Thompson averaged 15.6 points and 6.2 rebounds last season, and is ninth on UMBC's all-time scoring list with 956 points. He was on a pace to become the fourth UMBC player -- and the school's first Division I player -- to produce 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 200 assists.

Thompson, from Hyattsville, set the UMBC single-game record with 43 points against Towson State last season.

Hawkins said Thompson, an information systems major, is on schedule to graduate with his senior class.

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