Quaker Valley athlete of the week: Adou Thiero
Tuesday, February 4, 2020 | 1:13 AM
School: Quaker Valley
Claim to fame: Adou Thiero wants to be a businessman, and he already takes an all-business approach for the Quakers.
He averaged 22 points, five rebounds and two steals per game in three wins last week, which included a game-tying shot to force overtime on the road against rival New Castle.
You started your career in a supporting role dishing out assists. How much have you enjoyed a breakout season in which you’re averaging nearly 18 points per game?
It’s been a great time, and I look forward to keeping our season moving forward to hopefully get the section title. I also really want to just continue to improve my game and everyone around me.
Where does your game-tying three against New Castle rank in terms of shots you’ve made for Quaker Valley?
I don’t know. That’s hard to say, because we actually practice those shots all the time. You could do a pump fake if someone tries to block your shot, get to the hoop and make it or do a side dribble and make it. We do that in practice on a regular basis.
How important was that win against a big rival on their court?
That’s such a big win for us to put us in a better position to be section champs, and we were all just happy as a team to get that dub.
You made 43 free throws in a row at one point this season. What’s been the key to shooting 94% from the line?
It’s a record for me, and I just make sure to do the same thing over and over again. When I go to the free throw line, everything else is zoned out. I get low and make the shot.
How often do you practice free throw shooting?
It’s every day with my dad. We do it after every drill, that way I can handle it when I’m tired and have no energy. He just tries to get me prepared for those situations in a game. I try to make around 100 free throws a day.
You’ve also nearly doubled the number of steals and defensive rebounds you have per game this season. How much of that is getting more playing time and how much of that is improving your technique on the defensive end?
It’s just been focusing on improving my awareness, and then when I get the ball, I try to get it to my friends or just try to take it down myself to try to get a bucket.
Your dad is a former college player and your mom was a professional. Who are you more like on the court?
That’s hard to say, because they both played the post and I’m a guard. My mom can shoot, so I think I get my shooting from her.
Who is the best player in the family?
Me. I don’t think they can guard me from the perimeter. If they get the ball, it’s over. I just have to make sure they never get the ball.
What’s your favorite meal?
Who is the best basketball player all-time and why?
Michael Jordan, because he’s Michael Jordan. When he played, everyone double-teamed him. Everyone fouled him. He’d still get his points, make his teammates great and he always won.