Adam Thistlewood follows Medved from Drake to CSU

FORT COLLINS – Adam Thistlewood knew what he wanted when it came time to commit to a college to play basketball -- and it was more about the coaching than the location.

The Golden, Colo., forward formally signed with Colorado State University in April, a sign that the Rams are back in the business of looking at Colorado players now that Larry Eustachy has been replaced as the head coach by Niko Medved.

Thistlewood is the first Colorado commitment for CSU since November of 2013 when J.D. Paige (Rangeview High School) and Toby Van Ry (Fort Collins) committed. Van Ry transfered to Northwest Technical College in Goodland, KS, and finished his collegiate career at Texas-San Antonio.

Thistlewood committed to Drake a year ago, but when Niko Medved resigned to become head coach at CSU, Thistlewood was given his release, and decided to follow Medved to Fort Collins.

"Adam is the entire package," Medved said. "He's a talented player, a terrific student and a terrific human being. He is going to fit in great as player and into our culture that we are trying to build at Colorado State. Adam is a versatile player with size who can shoot, handle and pass the ball and can do a lot of things that effect winning. I can't wait to have him in the program next year."

A 6-7 forward, he averaged 22.3 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.5 blocks per game in leading Golden High to a 21-4 overall record, including a 13-1 mark en route to a 4A Jeffco League title and an eventual berth in the state's Sweet 16.

His junior year, Golden advanced to the Colorado 4A State Tournament Final Four. Thistlewood averaged 18.9 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.2 seals per gameand earned first-team All-State honors.

Thistlewood shot 58 percent from the floor, 44 percent beyond the three-point line and 76 percent at the charity stripe. He earned CHSAA/Max Preps All-State First Team honors and was selected to White team for the inaugural Jeffco High School Senior Basketball Games, scoring a game-high 31 points to earn his team's MVP honor.