For a second year, Bishop Luers senior boys basketball player Deshaun Thomas is offering his perspective on life and basketball in "Thomas' Take."
In his first installment, Thomas answers questions from Luers principal Mary Keefer in a Q&A situation.
What have you been doing since Luers won Class 2A state title last year?
"It's been a long AAU season. I have gone to a lot of camps. I have been lifting weights, and working out. I have put a lot of effort into my school work. I signed my letter of intent to go to Ohio State. And we played our first game against Mishawaka Marian."
What aspect of your game are you planning to work on during this season?
"Ball-handling and better shot selections. I want to be a good leader since I am a senior, and I want to be a good teammate."
How has the delay in the start of the season due to the state football championship, affected the basketball team?
"It affected it a little bit because some of the football players were not in their rhythm. The coaches were understanding about that, but our first game went well, so I think we're OK."
How will the team do against South Side (on Friday)?
"I think we'll do all right if we play our roles, play hard each possession, and do what our coaches tell us to do."
Are you looking for any new kids to make an impact on your team this season?
"We've still got the Sorgs. Kyle had a big game against Mishawaka Marian. James Knapke will have a good game against South Side. He has a great attitude and plays with a lot of confidence. Mike Rogers and Jaylon Smith can make an impact and have good defensive skills."
Are you thinking about a state champion repeat?
"Yes, I think about it because we have most of our guys back. I know that if we come out and play hard and play 32 minutes of Luers basketball, we can get there."
What will be some of your toughest games this season?
"I would think Elmhurst because they have nice size and are very athletic and have a lot of players who will contribute. Of course, South Side will be tough. It's on their court, and they live up to the hype."
What do you think about breaking the state career scoring record?
"I think about it sometimes because it would be awesome to be the state's highest scorer, but I don't think about it too much because I don't want to take bad shots in a game. I think my play will have to speak for itself."
Do you ever get tired of playing basketball?