BROOKLINE, Mass. - It's been quite the road for former Nighthawk and Class of 2015 graduate Kwame Thompson since graduating from Newbury three years ago, but it's an adventure that few would ever take back.
Last we checked on Thompson, he was preparing for his first season playing professional basketball in Malta as part of FIBA Europe in 2016. Just two years later, Thompson is one of Malta's top basketball prospects and has elevated himself to the top division of Malta Basketball.
"It was always a dream of mine to play professional basketball after school," said Thompson. "But, I always knew the challenge that not too many players can play at that level, especially not coming out of a big university."
In his first season, Thompson averaged over 30 points per game with a team that went undefeated and won two championship trophies for Athleta. The outstanding season didn't go unrecognized, as Thompson was named the Rookie of the Year in 2016-17.
Since that first season, Thompson has been offered contracts from teams in Mexico, Peru, Morocco, Albania, and Kosovo.
He took the opportunity to play a month in Mexico, but as much as he enjoyed his time, Thompson, a proud family man, couldn't stay away from his fiancée and two children.
Now back in Malta and preparing for the upcoming season, Thompson looks to continue his success in an unlikely location.
Malta, approximately 50 miles South of Sicily, Italy, is 1/10 the size of Rhode Island making travel around the country very simple for FIBA Malta teams. All eight teams in the top level play in the same gym; Ta Qali.
After one game this year, Thompson's team is 1-0 with Thompson leading the team in scoring in the first game, an 83-76 victory over Floriana MCP.