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August 6—8 5 19 ThompkinsCongratulations to former Vidalia High School standout basketball player Ramel Thompkins who is heading Slovakia to play professional basketball. He is the first Vidalia Indian to play professional basketball.Thompkins signed with team BK Spisska' Nova' Ves', a member of the Slovak Basketball League, the highest tier level of men's basketball in Slovakia. 8 5 19 Thompkins 2

The 6’7” 202lb. small forward led Vidalia to Final Four appearances in 2012 and 2014, and a State Championship Game in 2012. Thompkins played college basketball at USC Upstate where he averaged 10.7 points per game, 4.2 rebounds per game. He had a 72% free throw percentage and shot 38% from the 3-point line and blocked 33 shots his senior year. Thompkins went undrafted in the recent draft to finish school and earn his college degree. He leaves for Europe August 8th.

“It’s like a dream come true! It is something that I have thought about all my life. I am happy just to get closer to one of my ultimate goals of playing in the NBA. I think my game has evolved into how they play in the NBA today. My main focus is working at a high level on my defense and shooting three pointers and hope that carries over.” Thompkins said.

VHS Head Coach Tommy Dalley said, “He has come a long way from when I first saw him as a little skinny kid playing in middle-school. He is one of those kids hard and took advantage of his opportunities. He got to go off to school and he stayed and had to go through some adversity, but that is part of it. One of my proudest moments was to be able to go and watch him play and finish school, and that is what you want as a coach for a guy who was a big part of your program. We are extremely excited for him and hopefully what it brings for him and his future.”

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