Niko Medved on Adam Thistlewood: 'He just brings his lunch pail every day'
When Niko Medved accepted the head coaching position last spring, the first person to commit to Colorado State men’s basketball was Adam Thistlewood. Through the first two games of the 2018-19 season, the 6-foot-6 forward out of Golden High School has already proven to be an extremely important part of CSU’s rotation.
After scoring 10 points in his collegiate debut on Wednesday, Thistlewood scored 14 points and recorded seven rebounds in a 92-67 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff. What stood out most about the young forward’s performance in the victory was his consistent effort on both ends of the floor.
“He’s the whole package, guys,” Medved said. “He’s all about the right things. His maturity level is off the charts for somebody his age. He’s tough, he’s hard-nosed, he’s all about the team, he’s a good shooter, he’s skilled. I mean he just brings his lunch pail every day.”
That hard-nosed attitude was on display in Saturday’s victory over the Golden Lions. Thistlewood battled against bigger opponents in the paint and led the Rams with three offensive rebounds. Whenever there was an opportunity to make a play for a loose ball, Thistlewood showed no hesitation and was willing his body on the line to come up with the play for his team.
In the victory over CCU, Thistlewood had to get stitches near his eye after getting scratched by an opponent in the first half. Then in Saturday’s win over APBU, Thistlewood hit the floor hard multiple times while trying to secure the basketball.
“Whatever it takes to win I guess,” Thistlewood joked on Saturday. “I’m just doing my job, and if I’m on the floor a lot, I guess that’s just the way it’s going to be.”
According to Medved, that gritty attitude will be important for a CSU team that does not have a ton of size after losing Deion James for the year.
“Adam is a good offensive rebounder. He’s got a pretty good nose for the ball,” Medved said.
Medved will look for his young forward to continue to develop as the season progresses. But through the first two games of the season, it is evident that Thistlewood is capable of playing a big role for this team, despite only being a true freshman.