In a point guard-starved market, Darius Thompson secured a top EuroLeague contract. Anadolu Efes viewed him as the ideal replacement for Vasilije Micic. Thompson, in an interview with Eurohoops, shared his goals and ambitions with his new team.
Q: You’ve been one of the best talents in Europe for a while now. For a talent like you, transferring to EuroLeague took more time than expected. What do you think is the reason for that?
A: After my second or third season, I felt like I was ready to be in the EuroLeague. Maybe the teams weren’t convinced, owners weren’t convinced, I don’t know. I thought I was able to play. I think I did pretty well while playing against some EuroLeague teams. But who knows?
Everybody has their right moment. Maybe it wasn’t the right time for me. I just had to continue to work my way up the ladder. Going from FIBA Europe Cup to Champions League, to EuroCup, to EuroLeague… I think Europe made me work from the bottom to the top.
Darius Thompson is going to be himself and not “replace” Micic
— Eurohoops (@Eurohoopsnet) September 22, 2023