The Buffalo Bandits and Georgia Swarm today announced a trade with the Swarm acquiring forward Jerome Thompson from the Bandits in exchange for a sixth-round selection in the 2016 NLL Draft. Thompson will now be reunited with his younger brothers, Lyle and Miles Thompson on the Swarm’s roster. The NLL’s trade deadline passed at 3 p.m. ET on Tuesday afternoon.
Thompson, 27, has tallied five assists in two games thus far in 2016. During his rookie season in 2015, the 5-foot-11, 195-pound lefty posted 24 points (10G, 14A) and collected 35 loose balls. Thompson tallied a career-high four goals against the Swarm in 2015 when the Bandits won at home on Jan. 30, 15-12.
“We had an opportunity with two players who weren’t frontline guys on our roster to pick up some draft picks for the future, and open up some space for other guys to get into the lineup,” Swarm Owner and General Manager John Arlotta said. “Jerome has played some great games against us in the past and we’re happy to now have him on the Swarm team.”
“It’s very exciting; this is something we’ve looked forward to doing our whole lives and have always wanted to do,” Thompson said in regards to joining his brothers, Lyle and Miles, on the same team at the professional level.
Thompson also played with Swarm forwards Johnny Powless and Randy Staats during junior ball with the Six Nations Arrows. In addition, the Thompson Brothers all played together with Powless and Staats on the Iroquois National team this past summer that earned silver in the 2015 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships.
“It’s exciting to see people that you played with growing up; to have that chemistry, I think it can go a long way,” Thompson added.
Georgia (4-8) faces Thompson’s former squad, the Buffalo Bandits (8-4), this Saturday night for a 7:05 p.m. showdown at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Field at Infinite Energy Arena. Both teams won on the road during the first two meetings this season, and Saturday marks the series finale.
“I had a great time in Buffalo, great fans,” Thompson said. “It’s a quick turnaround playing them right away the first weekend that I get traded.”
Story by GeorgiaSwarm.com. Photo by Bill Wippert.