Where it all Started for Hunter Thompson


Hunter Thompson is from a small town in Wyoming, but he's a big deal.


"My Dad was our high school coach when I was in kindergarten. I would go to practice with him and that's kind of where it all started," Thompson said.

Thompson is now 6 foot 10, he's parents said its as evident he'd be tall.

"When he was about two weeks old. He was the tiniest little baby, but it didn't take him that long to start growing," Wynema Engstrom said.

"We have picture of him when he was a baby and his head was so much higher than everybody else. And he stands there and has this goofy look on his face," Todd Thompson said.

"Around 3rd or 4th grade that's when I realized that I was going to be ridiculously tall," Hunter Thompson added.

His unique frame shaped his scoring ability.

"I hit six 3-pointers in the first half, so I mean I knew it was hot but didn't know I was going to be that hot. The crazy thing is in warm-ups I didn't make a single shot," Hunter Thompson said.

And it's all history from there, Thompson shattering the record the single game scoring record with 43 points against Kimball, Nebraska.

The week before I had back to back 30 point games and I was trying to go for the single game record, so I made a bet with my uncle and said, 'next game I'm going for it', so it was pretty ironic."

"It's something I'll probably never see again in my lifetime," Coach Will Gray said. "He only played about two and half quarters in the game just because the score was the way it was, so it was one of those it could have been a lot more."

Thompson will take his small town, big talents to division I basketball next year.

"That was my goal, but I never thought," Hunter Thompson said. "I thought I'd play at a very small division I school. I thought I'd never have 10 division I offers and a total of 30 plus schools recruiting me. I never in my wildest dreams thought I would ever become this big."

"It was so exciting at first just to see the places that were recognizing him. From a little kid from Pine Bluffs, Wyoming to be recognized nationally was really fun to see," his mother said.

"I realized that I need to stay home and be closer to my family," Thompson said. "And to give back to the state of Wyoming since they showed me nothing but love...That's probably the biggest thing was an emotional wave. It was like someone hit me in the head with a brick wall."

Thompson will now play about 90 miles west of his hometown in Laramie. I'm Megan Salle reporting in Casper for K2 Sports.