Jim Thorup

Jim Thorup

Loretta Rizzuti reports: “Last week, Jan. 28, 2010 – was the Hall of Fame Inductee Ceremony at Lincoln. Jim Thorup was one of the Inductees. Attached is the bio that was included in the program. The pictures of this year’s inductees is in The Commons area of the school. He was at the dinner and the game on Friday, Jan. 29 – I did not get the opportunity to talk to him – I wish I would have. The ceremony was at half time of the basketball game, not sure if it was the girls game or the boys game.”

Jim Thorup played for the Lincoln Rails from 1971 to 1973 after he moved from Knoxville, Iowa where he led their basketball team in scoring his sophomore season. In his junior year he reunited with his former coach John Carle and was a part in ushering in a new era in Lincoln High basketball.

Jim’s junior year he led the Metro Conference in scoring and was the MVP of a Rails team that had a record of 16-4. Up until this time, this was the best record ever for a Lincoln basketball team. A unanimous All-Metro selection, he also was named 5th team All State. Jim ended that year with 231 rebounds and 372 points.

His senior year, the Rails went 17-7 and played to capacity crowds throughout the season Averaging over 26 points and 13 rebounds per game, Lincoln went into the sub state to play rival DM Tech at Vets Auditorium where Thorup scored 55 points and grabbed 19 rebounds for a thrilling overtime win. The 55 points still is a Lincoln record for most points scored in one game. For his efforts he was named a unanimous All-Metro first team selection and the leading vote getter for 1st Team All-State. In addition, a national recruiting service nominated him as a High School All-American. He was Lincoln’s Athlete of the Year his senior year. During his high school career, Thorup had the distinction of being named MVP 3 times and in his career he averaged over 21 points and 12 rebounds per game.

Thorup went on to play two seasons for the Iowa State Cyclones. His freshman year while playing on the JV team he averaged 12 points per game and lettered his sophomore season on varsity. He then transferred to Emporia State University and his college career came to an end with a torn ACL.

Thorup graduated from Emporia State University in 1978 with a BS in Education and taught for 6 years. He coached basketball at the high school level one year and has coached or scouted basketball or volleyball teams at various times since. From 1985 to today he has been selling residential real estate in the Kansas City area and has earned numerous awards for volume sold and customer satisfaction. Calling Olathe, Kansas home since 1979, he has been married to his wife Kim, going on 30 years. Together they have 3 children, Ryan 24, Taylor 22, and Jessie 15.


6 Responses to “Jim Thorup”

  1. Dee Mccoy Wirick Davis Says:

    Jim is a great guy and was a good friend in high school. I am still amazed at the 55 point record and before 3 pointers. It was fun watching you play basketball. Congratulations on the much deserved honor. I am glad you are doing well.

  2. Mark E. Blunck Says:

    Hello Jim. Congratulations on this honor and it’s well deserved. I do remember the game where you scored 55 points. Glad to know you have been successful and are doing well.

  3. Joe Cordaro Says:

    Sound like life has been good to you old friend. Take care and make it to another reunion soon.

  4. Steve Rasmussen Says:

    Hey Jim,
    I do remember that game too! Good to get caught up with you recently after all these years. I am happy you have done so well in life. You were always a very hard worker so I am not surprised.
    Keep in touch.

  5. Chuck Russo Says:

    I remember the night a bunch of us were playing a pick up game at Brody Jr. high. In walks a tall skinny guy wanting to play along, after stuffing the ball in all our faces. We asked his name, and asked what school he’d be going to……..and you all know the rest of the story.

  6. jim carmichael Says:

    just ran onto this article, i played for kville 1960 61 & 62 grew up with bill carle , johns younger brother, wish i could have seen you play , 55 pts outstanding.

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