Medved expects freshman duo to play big role

With the 2018-19 season right around the corner, two of the youngest players on the roster are expected to make a big impact for Colorado State men’s basketball. According to first-year head coach Niko Medved, the Rams will be relying heavily on Adam Thistlewood and Kendle Moore.

“They’re talented kids, but I love their mentality,” Medved said. “They don’t get too up, they don’t get too down, they just keep playing… They’re going to be a big part of what we’re doing this year.”

Thistlewood is a 6-foot-6, 195 pound forward from Golden, Colo., and is as calm on the floor, as he is in interviews after practice. Thistlewood has a smooth release on his jump shot, and is already putting on size, which Thistlewood says is allowing him to play more aggressively.

The local product is still trying to become more dominant defensively, and on the glass, but offensively, he should be able to come in and make an immediate impact. As a senior at Golden High School last year, Thistlewood averaged 22.3 points per game and shot 58 percent from the field.

Freshman forward Adam Thistlewood on defense Thursday.

Freshman forward Adam Thistlewood on defense Thursday.

Moore, a 5-foot-10, 160 pound guard from Danville, IL., lacks the size of a typical Division 1 point guard, but is easily one of the quickest players on the court at all times. The speedy guard is smooth with the basketball, uses his explosiveness to get to the rim and most importantly, Medved says the moment has not been too big for the freshman.

“Kendle holds his own with these guys,” Medved said of Moore’s ability to compete against older players on the roster. “He doesn’t back down an inch, so I love that about him.”

Moore says that he is still getting used to the tempo of the college game, and is aiming to put on some weight this winter, but he feels comfortable in his role. The first-year college hoopster explained that Medved wants him to bring energy in every practice, every day, and just focus on playing ball.

Kendle Moore guard assistant coach JR Blount during practice Thursday.

Kendle Moore guard assistant coach JR Blount during practice Thursday.

”All the other players feed off my energy, so that’s what I do,” Moore said.

While Medved certainly has high expectations of the young players, the 45-year old coach recognizes that this season is only the beginning. The real tests for these talented young players begin Saturday, against opposing competition.

“They’re going to get better,” Medved said. I’m excited about them and their future.”