Prep Mania Profile: Damontae Thompson

Dennis Semrau covers prep sports for 100.5 ESPN and ESPNWisconsin.com

Damontae Thompson, Madison East High School

Year: Senior.

Sports: Basketball.

Sports highlights: Damontae is a returning letterwinner and two-year starter as a guard for the Purgolders, who take an 11-0 record, including a 7-0 mark in the Big Eight Conference, into 2019. A two-time team captain, he is averaging 14.6 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. He averaged 6.6 points, 2 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game as a junior for East, which advanced to the WIAA Division 1 sectional finals. He was a varsity reserve as a sophomore, averaging 2.3 points per game as the Purgolders advanced to the Division 1 sectional finals.

Pre-game ritual or superstition: Listening to music, meditating or visualizing about what I’m going to do.

Cumulative GPA: 2.53.

Favorite subject/class: Mathematics.

Favorite teacher: Ms. Bell (Social studies in elementary school).

Quick quote: “Competing in sports has taught me sportsmanship.”

Three words to describe me are: Competitive, self-motivated, ambitious.

I got my start in sports: Playing basketball in fifth grade.

I wish I could play: Football and volleyball.

My most memorable moments in sports: Hitting two back-to-back buzzer beaters ninth grade.

I like about high school sports: Their intensity,

I enjoy playing basketball because: It keeps me out of trouble

Advice: Listen, and don’t take things for granted.

My role models are: My brother, Datril, and coach Chris Davis.

Most inspirational teammate: Keonte Jones, Anthony Washington, Marcus Justice.

My family also includes: My mom, Selthea, and brother, Damon.

Nickname: Montae.

Words to live by: “Nobody is gonna stop you from being you, but yourself.”

Favorite athlete: Kyrie Irving.

Favorite opponent: Madison La Follette and Donneil Gray.

Favorite facility/site to compete in: Las Vegas where we played in an AAU tournament.

Favorite movie: ‘Glory Road’

Favorite TV show: ‘Criminal Minds’.

Favorite food: Chicken Alfredo.

Favorite fast food place and/or restaurant: Kingdom Restaurant.

Favorite sport on TV: College basketball and college football.

Favorite place to visit: My Grandma’s house.

I want to visit: Spain.

Top three favorite songs: ‘Future: Wifi Lit; ‘G-herbo: Outro’; ‘Never Recover’.

Primary news source: Radio and TV.

I drive: A Lexus.

Dream car: An Audi Truck

I can’t live without: My Mom.

I like Madison East High School because: We are diverse.

If I could change anything: Everyone would come together.

I wish we could play: Anybody, we feel we can compete with anybody.

I wish I could meet: Kyrie Irving; Denzel Washington

Dream date: Lauren London.

Dream gift: Going college to earn a degree.

Preferred brand of shoe: Nike.

My perfect day: Spending time with my family.

I like to read: ‘The Pact’.

This and that: Member of The Brotherhood mentorship and vice-president of the Black Students Union … attended Minority Student Achievement Network conference in Boston … volunteer work through the Brotherhood and BSU includes Toys For Tots and Fit Youth Initiative assistant basketball coach … played AAU basketball for three years with Wisconsin Starz program.

Hobbies: Hanging with family, making music.

Post-high school plans: Attend college to study Business.

Did you know? My cousin, Will Redmond, is a reserve cornerback for the Green Bay Packers.

Career goal: Own a gym facility.