Never mind on that Senior Night speech.
Race Thompson said on his social media pages on Thursday afternoon he will return for a sixth season with IU.
“I trust Coach Woodson and his plan for me to develop into the best player I can be to take my game to another level,” Thompson said later on Thursday via an IU spokesman.
The 6-foot-8 Thompson was a team captain who started all 35 games for Indiana in 2021-22.
“Let’s Run it Back,” Thompson said in the posts with the accompanying video that closes to the song “One More Time.”
Thompson gave an emotional speech on Senior Night (March 2 against Rutgers) when he was joined by his parents on the Branch McCracken Court. At the time it was believed Thompson had signaled the end of his Indiana career, but he will instead use his final year of college basketball eligibility in Bloomington.
The Minnesota native was third on the team this season averaging 11.1 points, and second in rebounding (7.5) and field goal percentage (53.6%). He shot 44 percent from long distance in the last 16 games (11-of-25).
He arrived at Indiana for the 2017-18 season and took a pre-planned redshirt season. Then Thompson played in just nine games in 2018-19 after suffering a serious concussion. But he has been a main cog in the program since.
For his career Thompson has played in 100 games with 65 starts. He has 746 points and 563 rebounds for his career to go with 101 assists, 88 steals, and 80 blocks.
Thompson will turn 23 in June. He is one of 14 IU student athletes who were awarded NIL contracts with charities totaling $470,000.
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