St. John's defeats Providence, 85-65, at Carnesecca Arena on Feb. 8, 2014.
On Thompson: Highly athletic and mobile forward, boasts good footwork in the post ... made an immediate impact in the St. John's starting line up with the absence of then-senior Da'Shena Stevens .... a put-back shooter ... scored in double-figures seven times in 2011-12 with season-best 19 against Hartford in December ... an excellent rebounder who attacks the glass ... had a season-high 16 rebounds against DePaul in the BIG EAST opener (Dec. 7) ... recorded double-figure rebounds seven times ... former high school teammate of point guard Nadirah McKenith.
Joe Tartamella on Thompson: "Amber has looked great through preseason, better than last year, and she can really have a breakout season for us this year. She can run like a deer. We're challenging her to be even more consistent every day. Her biggest thing is to slow the game down. We expect her to be all over the glass on both ends and become an offensive force in the paint."
As A Junior in 2013-14:
Saw action in all 34 games, started in 33 and averaged 27.7 minutes per game... averaged 7.8 points, a team-best 9.2 rebounds and a team-high 1.3 blocks per game... Named to the 2013-14 All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention list...Set St. John's single-season record with record for rebounds with 313...Scored nine points and pulled down 12 rebounds against St. Francis (N.Y.) (Nov. 16)... Tallied first double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds against Quinnipiac (Nov. 20)... Scored 14 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, including 10 offensive, at Delaware (Dec. 30)... Had a season-high 16 points along with nine rebounds and a career-best three steals at Xavier (Jan. 5)... Recorded double-double vs. Creighton (Jan. 8) with 11 points and 12 boards... Notched second-straight double-double after a 13-point and 10-rebound performance at DePaul (Jan. 11)... Scored 14 points after going 5-for-6 from the field and 4-of-4 at the charity stripe at Villanova (Jan. 22)... Tallied a double-double against Xavier (Jan. 29) with 10 points and 16 rebounds, including a career-high 12 defensive boards... Registered a double-double with 14 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high six blocks at Georgetown (Feb. 18)... Finished with a double-double against DePaul (Mar. 1) following 10 points and 15 grabs... Tied career-high of 17 rebounds to go along with 10 points against USC (Mar. 22) in the NCAA Tournament First Round.
As A Sophomore in 2012-13:
Saw action in 31 games, started in eight averaging 23.2 minutes per game... averaged 6.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game... Scored four points and had three rebounds in 12 minutes off the bench against Iona (Nov. 21)...Grabbed eight rebounds for the second-consecutive game against then- No. 4 Duke (Dec. 9)...Scored a season-high 12 points and blocked a career-high four shots against Tennessee Tech (Dec. 15)...Scored five points and grabbed three rebounds against Quinnipiac (Dec. 22)...Started her third game of the season, scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for her first double-double of the season and fourth of her career against NJIT (Dec. 28)... Grabbed 11 rebounds against NJIT (Dec. 28) and Delaware (Jan. 2)...Scored seven points and grabbed five rebounds in BIG EAST-opener at Rutgers (Jan. 6)...Scored six points and grabbed four rebounds against Pitt (Jan. 16)...Recorded a team-high five rebounds starting at then No. 2/3 Notre Dame (Jan. 20)...Earned her sixth start of the year at then No. 13/12Louisville (Jan. 27), grabbing six rebounds and scoring two points...Double-double with a 10 points, 12 rebound performance at Providence (Jan. 30)...Scored four points and grabbed eight rebounds against then No. 3/2 UConn (Feb. 2)...Scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds at Marquette (Feb. 20)...Notched her sixth-career double-double, scoring a career-high 20 points and tying a career-high with 16 rebounds against DePaul (March 4)...Notched her seventh-career and second-consecutive double-double, scoring 14 points and pulling down 12 rebounds in St. John's BIG EAST Tournament opener against Seton Hall (March 9)...Scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds against No. 18/15 Dayton (Mar. 24) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
As A Freshman In 2011-12: Selected to the BIG EAST All-Rookie Team ... started 23 of 34 games played ... averaged 6.1 points and 5.8 rebounds per game ... third-highest rebounder on the team ... grabbed a game-high six rebounds in her collegiate-debut against St. Bonaventure (Nov. 12) ... made her first-career start and shot a perfect 3-for-3 from the field to register six points, five rebounds and a block against La Salle (Nov. 16) ... blocked two shots and grabbed eight rebounds, while also adding five points at Hofstra (Nov. 18) ... achieved her second-straight eight-rebound game against Wagner (Nov. 22) ... averaged 10.0 ppg in two games at the Junkanoo Jam in Freeport, Bahamas ... recorded an eight-point, four-rebound game against Iowa (Nov. 25) ... shot a perfect 4-for-4 from the field against Temple (Nov. 26) on her way to 12 points ... completed her third-straight game with four made field goals against Howard (Nov. 30) ... recorded her first-career double-double with a career-high 19 points to go with 13 rebounds against Hartford (Dec. 4) ... her 19 points against Hartford (Dec. 4) marked the highest total by a St. John's freshman since teammate Shenneika Smith's 23 vs. Notre Dame (March 7, 2010) ... recorded her second-straight double-double against then-No. 20/21 DePaul (Dec. 7) with 10 points and a career-high 16 rebounds ... her 16 rebounds were the most by a Red Storm rookie since Da'Shena Stevens grabbed 13 boards against Manhattan (Nov. 22, 2008) and her 13 vs. Hartford (Dec. 4) ... reached double-digit scoring for the third-straight game with 12 points against No. 1 Baylor (Dec. 11) ... totaled 10 points on 5-of-10 shooting and grabbed six rebounds against Prairie View at the STJ-Chartwells Holiday Classic (Dec. 17) ... added eight points and four rebounds in the STJ-Chartwells Holiday Classic championship game against Memphis (Dec. 18) ... recorded her third double-double of the season with 13 points and 13 rebounds against Harvard (Dec. 22) ... one of four players to score in double-figures with 10 points against Boston University (Dec. 31) ... matched a career-high with two steals against Syracuse (Jan. 11) ... totaled eight points and six rebounds in just eleven minutes off the bench against Cincinnati (Jan. 21) ... tied a career-high with three blocks against Pittsburgh (Jan. 31) ... scored six points and grabbed four rebounds against Seton Hall (Feb. 4) ... grabbed nine rebounds against USF (Feb. 8) ... provided five points and two rebounds off the bench against then-No. 17/16 Rutgers (Feb. 12) ... scored seven points and brought down five rebounds against West Virginia (Feb. 21) ... matched a career-high in minutes with 35 against then-No. 12/13 Georgetown (Feb. 27) and pulled down 15 rebounds ... averaged 6.5 points and five rebounds in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament (March 18 & 20).
At University High: Four-year letterwinner and two-year captain under head coach Felicia Oliver ... averaged 14.8 ppg, 12.2 rpg in 2010-11, with a string of five-straight doubles-doubles, breaking the University High record ... averaged 10.1 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.0 blocks and 1.5 steals per game as a junior ... helped University High to a State Championship (2007-08) and a tournament appearance in 2008-09 ... was University High's Rookie of the Year for basketball and volleyball ... named first team all-county ... honor roll student as a senior.
Personal: Amber Brionnah Thompson ... daughter of April Lee Thompson ... has three siblings, Isiah (21), Emauni (18) and JocQuan Simmons (16) ... enjoys watching The Weather Channel ... majoring in liberal studies ... would like a career as a meteorologist ... played club ball for the New Jersey Demons (three years) and the Philadelphia Belles (one year).