WASHINGTON, D.C. - Former Tar Heel Deon Thompson has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with Bayern Munich of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague, Europe's top league.
Bayern has automatically qualified for the Euroleague Top 16, where they will be in Group C with two-time defending champion, Olympiacos. Thompson and Bayern will also compete in the Bundesliga, the top division in Germany.
Thompson spent last season with Alba Berlin where he averaged 13.4 points and 5.7 rebounds per game while leading Alba to the club's second ever appearance in the Euroleague Top 16. For his efforts, Thompson was named to the Bundesliga All-First Team. Thompson scored 20 points against the Dallas Mavericks in a 2012 exhibition game with Alba. Alba also won the German Cup in 2013.
"Signing with a club that has the history and pedigree of Bayern is an honor and I can't wait to get started," Thompson says. "Being given the opportunity to help this club compete for a Euroleague and German championship is humbling and exciting. With our other offseason signings and Coach Pesic's plan for us, I believe that we are going to be an extremely dangerous team. I am ready to take another step forward in my professional career with Bayern."
This is Thompson's fourth season as a professional and his third in the Euroleague. He began his career with Ikaros BC in Greece and then moved to the Euroleague with Union Olimpija of Slovenia. Thompson has played in the NBA Summer League with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2010, Memphis Grizzlies in 2012 and the Chicago Bulls in 2013.
"Deon has worked hard each season to provide himself with better opportunities," Thompson's agent Jim Tanner says. "Bayern has a true professional in Deon and we are excited to again see him on Europe's biggest stage."
A native of Torrance, California, Thompson is a 2010 graduate of the University of North Carolina, where he helped the Tar Heels win the 2009 NCAA championship. Thompson finished his career as the all-time NCAA leader in games played with 152.