Getting to Know: P.J. Thompson
Oct. 31, 2017

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- P.J. Thompson is a senior guard from Indianapolis, Indiana, who will likely become a three-year starter during the 2017-18 season.

Thompson averaged 7.4 points and 2.9 assists per game while starting all 35 games for the Boilermakers a year ago. He is the school’s career assist / turnover ratio leader and shot 26-of-49 (.531) from long distance and had just seven turnovers in 439 minutes in 15 games against NCAA Tournament teams last year.

• Major: Organizational Leadership Supervision
• I was also recruited by: Mostly mid-major schools and some interest from high-major schools
• Favorite Dessert: Cheesecake
• Favorite Band: The Chainsmokers
• Favorite Music: Rap
• Favorite Song: Any song by Drake
• Sports Hero: Kobe Bryant
• Hobby: Hanging with friends
• Career Goal: Professional Basketball
• Occupation if not Basketball: Coaching
• Favorite Pro Team: Los Angeles Lakers
• Favorite Current Athlete: Kyrie Irving
• My Nickname is: P.J. (real name is LaSalle)
• Favorite Saying: Rush it, Love it
• One Dinner Guest: Kevin Hart
• If I could meet anyone: Kobe Bryant
• Favorite President in history: Barack Obama
• Favorite historical leader: Martin Luther King Jr.
• If I could have witnessed one sporting event: 1992 Olympic team
• Historical event I would like to have witnessed: Martin Luther King Jr. speech
• You’d be surprised to know: I played the clarinet in middle school
• Best summer vacation: Spain
• Where I went on first date: Movies
• Dream Car: Lamborghini
• First Car: Camaro
• Favorite Ice Cream: Vanilla
• Favorite Snack: Popcorn
• Favorite Candy: Reese's Cups
• Favorite Kids Toy: Basketball Hoop
• Things I hate the most: Being Woken Up
• Biggest Fear: Letting People Down
• Pet Peeve: People lying
• If I was Coach: We’d win a lot of games
• Favorite Kids Game: Candy Crush / Monopoly
• Favorite Color: Carolina Blue
• First celebrity crush: Kim Kardashian
• Favorite class: Gym
• Favorite Actor: Denzel Washington
• Favorite Actress: Mila Kunis
• What Mom cooks best: Everything
• One Lesson from dad: Listen to your coach
• Mom’s advice: call her before bed
• Favorite TV Show: Big Brother
• Reality show I would star: Big Brother
• Favorite Cartoon: Rugrats
• Dream Date: Anything with Danielle Lombard from the Bachelor
• If I could live anywhere: Indianapolis
• First Trophy was for: Basketball
• Favorite thing to do with dad: Play basketball or video games
• Favorite video game: NBA Live
• Food I can’t stand: Peas
• I’m unbeatable at: NBA 2K
• My inspiration is: My family
• Why I choose Purdue University: Great fit academically and basketball
• Favorite holiday: Christmas
• I don’t go anywhere without: My phone
• Biggest Sports thrill I participated: Big 10 championship at home vs Indiana
• Biggest sports thrill I witnessed: Playoff games growing up
• Celebrity I met: Reggie Miller
• Celebrity I would like to meet: Kobe Bryant
• What I would change in the world: Poverty
• Best outdoor hoops game: 2-on-2 on lower goal
• Favorite emoji: Red heart



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