Quaker Valley athlete of the week: Adou Thiero

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 | 7:33 AM

Adou Thiero

School: Quaker Valley

Sport: Basketball

Class: Freshman

Claim to fame: Adou Thiero was meant to be a basketball player.

His father, Almamy Thiero, played college basketball at Memphis and Duquesne. His mother, Mariam Sy, was selected in the 2006 WNBA Draft by the Washington Mystics.

Adou Thiero has made his mark at the high school level and has NCAA and NBA aspirations. He scored 20 points and had 13 assists in three games last week.

How much of adjustment was it for you to join the team as a freshman and have an impact every game?

It’s been a really big adjustment for me. If it weren’t for the seniors on this team, I don’t think I’d be able to contribute as much as I am now. The coaching staff is amazing, and they’ve also helped me adjust to this level.

Who have you learned a lot from on the team?

Ryan Stowers, Kyle Wolf and Danny Conlan. They’ve always told me what we need to do, and whenever I make a mistake, they just tell me to keep my head up and to keep playing. They might tell me how to make a better pass next time and things like that to help me.

You lead the team with 24 steals this season. Why is that an important part of your game?

I feel like defense is key. Offense wins games, and defense wins championships. Playing defense is really important, so getting steals for my team and getting it to another player (in transition) is important.

What do you feel is the best part of your game, and what do you wish you were better at right now?

Right now, I feel like my passing to teammates to get their points is a big part of my game. What I feel I can improve is defense and scoring. I think I can score more, because I know I’ve missed some chances here and there.

Your dad played in college at Memphis and Duquesne. How has he influenced you in basketball?

He showed me everything I needed through elementary school and middle school to develop my talent. He’s helped me get to this level, because he’s been through all of this. He’s been helping me get to the same spot (he was at).

What are your goals at Quaker Valley?

I just want to help the team win WPIALs and states and bring a state championship back to the school. I don’t know if they’ve won it before, but I want to win states for our school.

Is there anyone you try to style your game after?

I watch the NBA, see a couple moves and try to work on that in the gym. I watched Derrick Rose in his prime and worked on his moves and now it’s Kyrie (Irving). He’s a great finisher, and his ball-handling is great and so is his jump shot.

Shawn Annarelli is a freelance writer.