Expectations for Colorado State men’s basketball this season

Bryson Schminke

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David Roddy (21) guards a Boise State University player during Colorado State University’s basketball game at Moby Arena Jan. 29. Boise State won 85-77. (Devin Cornelius | The Collegian)

Although football season is right around the corner, it’s never too early to look ahead at the Colorado State University men’s basketball season kicking off in November. Head coach Niko Medved bucked the mid-major norm by keeping all but one player and adding a proven college scorer to the roster. 

The CSU team is coming back from an amazing 2020-21 season going 20-8 and making it to the semifinals in the National Invitation Tournament. Colorado State basketball is receiving a ton of praise for their season and gaining more and more pressure to become great for this next season. The Rams have been getting love nationally; SB Nation has the team at 34th best team in the country.

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Moore was a deadly player on the free throw line with a 91.3% free-throw percentage. This being Moore’s senior year, the team should be excited to see him show out for his final college season. 

Returning this season are the Rams’ top scorers: David Roddy — 15.9 points per game — with the second-leading scorer Isaiah Stevens — 15.3 — working side by side. Roddy finished last season with the first-team All-Mountain West honor and Stevens was awarded second-team All-Mountain West. Other notables are Adam Thistlewood, one of the lead 3-point shooters on the team, earning an All-Mountain West honorable mention.

Thistlewood had a 36.4% 3-point percentage last season after his ankle injury that ended his 2019-20 season early. Thistlewood is looking back and better than ever, ready to become the perimeter shooter that the team needs.

Backcourt player Kendle Moore is coming back, scoring 10.5 points per game last season. Moore was a deadly player on the free throw line with a 91.3% free-throw percentage. This being Moore’s senior year, the team should be excited to see him show out for his final college season. 

James Moors will also be returning this year to the basketball program. Moors is one of the big men — standing at 6 feet, 10 inches — that the team will rely on to get rebounds for the green and gold. Moors averaged 3.5 rebounds per game last season.

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John Tonje (23) dribbles down court against Arkansas State. (Luke Bourland | The Collegian)

The defensive players John Tonje and Dischon Thomas are making a return to the squad. Tonje will hopefully keep his high .857 free throw average throughout the season and increase his 6.6 points per game. Thomas will be looking for more playing time to also increase his 5.2 points per game from last season and could see some improvement with his .683 free-throw average. 

The 6-foot-11-inch center Jacob Jennissen will be coming back from last season to give the Rams more of a presence in the paint. Jennissen could bring some valuable ball movement coming off the bench this season. 

Some new talent on the team is Chandler Jacobs, coming from Dallas Baptist University. Jacobs is a 5th year that averaged 20.8 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. It will be exciting to see what Medved has in store for Jacobs this season.

Bryson Schminke can be reached at sports@collegian.com or on Twitter @brysons81 .