Deon Thompson returns to Spain and signs for Basket Zaragoza

The all-time appearance leader for the University of North Carolina, Deon Thompson, is returning to his stomping ground of Spain to play for Basket Zaragoza in the Liga ACB.

Deon Thompson is one of the most successful Tar Heels playing professional basketball. The all-time leader in appearances for UNC, also holds the record for the most appearances by a Tar Heel in the Euroleague, in addition to multiple championships across Europe.

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Deon Thompson played last season for Unicaja Malaga in Spain, but instead of taking an off-season, Thompson played professionally in Puerto Rico. Deon signed for Leones de Ponce, one of the most successful teams in Puerto Rico.

Thompson had a great summer in Puerto Rico playing for Leones de Ponce 33 times, averaging 15.15 PPG and 6.27 RPG. He had a season-high of 27 points with 10 boards to match. Leones de Ponce reached the playoffs but was knocked out from a wild buzzer-beater from the opponents half.

Deon Thompson spoke to Tar Heel International about the move to Zaragorza:

“They were in a need of someone like me. It’s a good opportunity to re-establish myself in Spain, after having a quiet year last season over there.”

Deon Thompson speaking to Tar Heel International

Basket Zaragoza has started the season with a 3-4 record and will also be competing in the FIBA Europe Cup this year. Zaragoza has already played Luke Maye’s BAXI Manresa this season and got the better of them. The next time the Tar Heels will match up is in February. Thompson will be hoping to continue his success in Zaragoza, which has followed him throughout his basketball career.

UNICAJA MALAGA (SPAIN)2020/2119.98.573.740.68
LEONES DE PONCE (PUERTO RICO)202125.815.156.270.58
Statistics are up to date as of October 29th (source:

Deon joined the Ceiling is the Roof Podcast last season, to talk about his time overseas and his experiences in Chapel Hill.

The Podcast is also available on many different platforms; YouTubeSpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsPocket CastsRadioPublicCastbox and Anchor FM.

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