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Thompson Back in the Game

Sam Thompson

Tuesday was a big day for Sam Thompson. Sidelined near the start of his junior basketball season at Whitney Young (IL) High School with an ankle injury, the 6-foot-7 wing would return in time for the Dolphins' run at back-to-back Illinois Class 4A State Championships – a run that fell just short, at the hands of Chicago Simeon High School in the state title game.

Since then, Thompson has spent the past six weeks allowing his ankle to fully heal, before rejoining his AAU team, the living highlight reel that is Mac Irvin Fire. So what made Tuesday so special? It was the first time since his season ended March 20 that he set foot on a basketball court for a full-speed workout. "Obviously my skills were a little bit rusty, but I feel a lot better physically...

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