St. John's defeats No. 24 Texas A&M 72-70 at the Maggie Dixon Classic at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 22, 2013.
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 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).