NLL Entry Draft: Hello, My Name Is … Jerome Thompson

Jerome Thompson is hoping to break into the NLL after two years of Senior B. (Photo: Casey Vock)
Jerome Thompson is hoping to break into the NLL after two years of Senior B. (Photo: Casey Vock)

Fresh off a Presidents Cup win with the St. Regis Braves of the Senior B Three Nations Lacrosse League, Jerome Thompson is hoping his name will again be synonymous with the sport the way it was in his days at LaFayette Central and Onondaga Community College. One of the four Thompson brothers, Jerome – also known as “Hyna” or “Hinz” – has been working his way toward a professional career in the NLL as a player in the resurrected Iroquois Lacrosse Association. And he served himself well over the summer, leading the Braves in the regular season with 13 goals and 38 assists.

The former Lancer and Lazer has a collection of trophies and rings, including two New York State Class B titles (2003, 2005) and two Junior College championships (2007, 2009). While his older brother Jeremy projects as a transition player in the league, Jerome is a forward and will likely play out the front gate more than the back, though he’s not afraid to crash bodies on the other end. Named the Junior College Player of the Year in 2009, Thompson was dominant in the outdoor game, a nearly unstoppable crease attackman with outstanding field sense and a blistering shot. He put up 65 goals and 56 assists in his last college season under coach Chuck Wilbur. He’s still tied for fourth in career points (196) at the community college in Syracuse.

Coming out of high school as a highly-ranked recruit by Inside Lacrosse, Jerome has made bigger waves in the outdoor game than the indoor game thus far. But he possesses ample high-caliber box experience, breaking into the OLA Junior A circuit in 2006 as a member of the Six Nations Arrows club, runner-up at that summer’s Minto Cup. He played for the Akwesasne Indians in 2007 and 2008, later returning to Six Nations in his final Junior A season.

Making the jump to Senior B last summer, he was second in scoring for the TNLL champ Redmen with 35 goals and 45 assists, leading the team to the Presidents Cup in Burnaby. There, Hinz led the one-win team with 12 goals and 5 assists. A stoic but scrappy player, Thompson has dreamed of winning a Champion’s Cup for years. And he clearly stated this summer that he believed the increasing level of Senior B competition would help him and others make the leap.

Many folks in Central New York were hoping to see Jerome suit up for the Orange like his brother Jeremy did in 2010 and 2011. But Jerome has moved past that, and he’s ready to launch his pro career. It appears the time is now for the young man whose story will be featured in The Medicine Game, an upcoming documentary by filmmaker Lukas Korver.

Jerome Thompson Jr.

Height: 5-11
Weight: 200 pounds
Position: Forward
Shoots: Left
From: Onondaga Nation
Junior A or box experience: Junior A with Six Nations Arrows and Akwesasne Indians; Senior B with Cornwall Island Redmen and St. Regis Braves

What do you feel your greatest asset is that would allow you to translate your game to the NLL?
My style of play. I’m able to dodge, set up plays and score goals.

One word to describe your game?
Love

What role/position do you see yourself playing in the NLL?
Offensive goal scorer

What current or former NLLer would you most closely compare or model your game after?
I play my own game for the Creator.

Your greatest accomplishment during your lacrosse career?
My two New York State high school championships.

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