INMAN—Inman's top big man Mason Thiessen announced his college decision via Twitter. He decided to take his talents to Emporia State University. Here's what he wrote in his statement.
"I'd like to start off by thanking my parents, teammates and coaches for helping me get to where I am today. I've been blessed to play for the town of Inman for four years. I really appreciate their support that they have shown and will continue to show throughout the remainder of the season. I am truly grateful for all that they have done for me. With that being said, I am blessed to announce that I will be continuing my education and basketball career at Emporia State University. Big thanks to Coach (Craig) Doty and his staff for taking a chance on a kid from Inman, Kansas," Thiessen said in his Twitter page.
According to Thiessen, the reason why he chose Emporia State is that he believes it was the right fit for the six-foot-nine senior.
"The coaches are some of the best around, and they have been successful in turning around many programs in that past," Thiessen said. "I just thought it was a great opportunity for me. I couldn't have done it without Coach (Brett) Froese, Coach (Jeff) Friesen and my teammates. It's an exiting opportunity, but I'm still focused on this season and playing for the town of Inman."
Thiessen averages a double-double with 16.5 points and 11.3 rebounds in the last 16 games. Inman's Head Coach Brett Froese gave his thoughts on Thiessen's commitment to the Hornets.
"Mason is a game changer on both ends of the floor. He can score down low and also stretch the floor and shoot a high percentage from three," Froese said. "He constantly draws a double team and can really pass it as well. Has a great basketball I.Q. I think mason can really excel at the next level. He will get stronger and faster as he gets older. He has a unique skill level for a kid his size. I’m so proud of him. He’s such a great kid and great teammate. He’s a natural leader on the court and off. Emporia state got a great kid on and off the court. It has been an absolute pleasure to coach and be around him for as long as I have."
Thiessen's is considering majoring in either accounting or marketing but has not decided yet. Being the first to commit from Inman, he won't be last for the basketball team. The Teutons are 15-1 and will be taking on Sedgwick High School on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
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