UK Women's Basketball

Ex-Cat Janee Thompson headed for top German league

Kentucky guard Janee Thompson, left, looks for an open teammate in the first half. The University of Kentucky hosted the University of Tennessee, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016 at Memorial Coliseum in Lexington.
Kentucky guard Janee Thompson, left, looks for an open teammate in the first half. The University of Kentucky hosted the University of Tennessee, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016 at Memorial Coliseum in Lexington.

Former University of Kentucky guard Janee Thompson will start her professional basketball career overseas. She has signed with the Basketball SV Halle Lions of Germany.

Thompson will be playing in the top level of German women’s basketball in the Damen-Basketball-Bundesliga.

“I look forward to playing for my new team as I start my transition from college to professional basketball and begin to lay the foundation for my career,” Thompson said in a news release from the club.

Thompson joins a league in which former Temple standout Shey Peddy was named Player of the Year. Kristen McCarthy, also from Temple, will be one of Thompson’s teammates and was named Defensive Player of the Year.

Halle is located 110 miles southwest of Berlin. The DBBL plays its games from September through April. The Lions, coached by Rene Spandauw, finished 11-11 and in sixth place in the 12-team league in 2015-16.

Thompson, a native of Chicago, played in 119 games with 82 starts during her four-year career at Kentucky, averaging 8.6 points, 2.9 assists and 1.0 steals per game.

Thompson saved her best season with the Wildcats for last as she averaged 12.6 points per game with 4.8 assists per game as a senior.

“We will see a very creative and spectacular player,” Spendauw said of Thompson.

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