We continue the list today with number 10 in our countdown with junior third baseman Tony Thompson from Kansas. He is from Reno, Nevada and attended Galena High School. He picked up four letters playing under Gary McNamara. He had an excellent first three seasons in high school hitting .490 with 23 home runs and 83 RBI while also picking up a 16-7 record with a 3.41 ERA in 27 appearances on the mound.
Thompson made an immediate impact as a freshman on the Jayhawks baseball program appearing in 53 games (51 starts) in the 2008 season. He finished the season with a .276 average with five homers and 18 RBI. He was better in Big 12 play as he hit .319 with three homers, 12 RBI, and 13 runs scored.
Tony had a breakout season as a sophomore in 2009 which saw him appear in 61 games while leading the Big 12 in all three triple crown categories with a .389 batting average, 21 homers, and 81 RBI. He picked up several national awards including being named Third Team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and Louisville Slugger while also picking up First Team All-Central Region, All-Big 12 and to the Big 12 Championship and Chapel Hill Region All-Tournament teams. He set school records in homers (21) and total bases (186) and finished with the second-most hits (96) and doubles (27) in a season in KU Baseball history. He was invited to the 2009 USA Collegiate National Team Tryouts but was not selected so he played the summer of 2009 in the Northwoods League with the Rochester Honkers. He ended up batting .293 with eight doubles, a homer and 14 RBIs in 20 games.
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