Who Is Garnett Thompson

He stands at 6´9´´ and can handle the ball like he’s 5´10´´. The man they nicknamed “The Big Ticket” aka Mr. Garnett Thompson was more than just another big guy on the court. He’s a hometown athlete that travelled the world.

The Climb To The Top

Garnett Thompson played his high school years on Long Island for Central Islip High School. He was an automatic draw and helped lead his team to the playoffs his senior year and garnard all Suffolk County honors. His next stop would be Suffolk Community College where he averaged 24 points, 16 rebounds, and 6 assists a game. This earned Mr. Thompson the JUCO Player of the year award, First team Division 3, and JUCO All- American accolades. Little did anyone know, this would just be the beginning of his long and hard fought journey. 

Garnett would go on to sign with the Friars at Providence University before eventually moving on to his professional career. He played for the Long Island Sound averaging 20 points and 11 rebounds a game. His elevation would take him to bigger and better teams such as the Harlem Globetrotters, and AZS Koszalin in Poland where he averaged 17 points, 10 rebounds. He would move on to China playing for Shandong averaging 24 points, 14 rebounds a game, then to Lebanon playing for Tadamon Zouk averaging 16 points, 12 rebounds his first year, and  24 points, 14 rebounds in his second season. 

The list goes on and on with the talented journeyman, but you can be sure wherever he went he was a walking talking bucket and board.


The reason Garnett Thompson is still successful is because he loves the game, it gave him so much and now he’s giving back. Besides being inducted into Central Islip Hall Of Fame. Mr. Thompson has started training and coaching the youth in Lebanon, and now in Australia where he resides. His “G5 Basketball” training has been developing kids in basketball and in life. He’s expanded into full on teams that compete at a high level, with a high basketball IQ. All compliments of Mr. Thompson himself. You can see more of his work  @g5basketball on Instagram. 

The Future Is Bright

 Garnett has over 13 years of professional basketball experience that he’s currently sharing with the youth. His accomplishments brought him around the world to a place where he feels at home, and it shows in the work he’s doing for the basketball community in Australia. We know there’s no stopping his determination and we can’t wait to see where he takes things. 

Injury Training Video

Check out Garnett fighting his way back form injury to prove anything is possible if you put the work in.