Senior Andrew Thorne has been chosen as our Royals Athlete of the Week for the week of Jan. 28-Feb. 3. A liberal arts major, Thorne has etched his name into a large piece of the puzzle for the Runnin Royals.
Having two of his best games since early December, Thorne helped the men snatch two conference wins this past week over Shenandoah University and Randolph College by averaging 18.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals.
In Wednesday’s trumping of Shenandoah, Thorne hit 9-of-11 shots and finished with 20 points and 7 re-bounds. It was his first 20-point game since Dec. 8. He added another 16 in the road win over third-place Randolph. Thorne is approaching the 1000-point plateau for his career, currently at 966 points.
This season he is 5th in the ODAC in points per game, 9th in rebounds per game, and 1st in offensive rebounds. Overall, the forward is in the ODAC’s top ten in field goals, field goal percent- age, free throws, total rebounds, total points and points per 48 minutes.
Wednesday’s game against Shenandoah started off slow. Thorne commented that half time is what changed their momentum. The team
came together, hit shots, played better defense, forced turnovers and got on a roll. Turning a 180 for Saturday’s game at Randolph the pace was fast, the intensity level was high and it was a dog fight until the very end when EMU hit a 3 to win it with time running out.
Thorne comments, “Both teams played well on Saturday. We made plays when we needed to and it was by far our best defensive game of the year.”
When asked about his preparation for his senior year Thorne said he never stops playing basketball. He believes his team is going to count on him for the big plays and he needs to be ready.
The biggest change in his preparation for this year was his mental preparation. Adding this readiness to his game has helped him prepare for every game during the year.
In the classroom Thorne is focusing on Physical Education and Recreation. His goal is to one day own his own recreation center. He loves working with kids and feels this will be right up his alley.
When asked how he balances academics and athletics, Thorne acknowledges that he needed a wakeup call early on as a freshman student- athlete. Since then he has changed his routines and with the help of tutors and professors every year has gotten better and better for him. Thorne will graduate in December of 2013.