For Ethan Thomas, basketball is sort of a family business.
Originally from Mississippi, the senior attends Jones Academy while playing basketball for Hartshorne High School. Thomas said that he was excited when the opportunity arose to move to the area, and he has loved every minute of his time in southeast Oklahoma.
“Jones is like my home, and I really enjoy it,” Thomas said. “(I lived) with my grandma and she wanted me to do better. So when I found out about Jones, that’s when I came here."
Thomas quickly gravitated to the game of basketball, and has been playing three years with the Miners.
But he said that the reason he has a love of the game can be attributed to his mother. Thomas said his mom was a talented athlete and even won a state title, complete with a championship ring. He admired her game, and is motivated by it as well.
“She was going to play ball in college, but then she had me,” Thomas said. “So I just want to play because of her.”
Thomas has a true team mentality, and understands that it takes everyone buying in to be successful. He enjoys his role with the Miners, and wants to help in any way he can, whether that be scoring points, playing tough defense, or both. It’s doing those things together, Thomas said, that will help the Miners in the long run.
“Our team goal is for us to get better,” Thomas said. “(We want) to make the playoffs and beat teams that they wouldn’t expect us to win.”
Thomas said that his goals for after graduation include making his way through higher education. He wants to continue being a team player and provide a better opportunity for the people around him, but this time in a different way. He said he wants to pursue a degree in the medical field, because he has a passion to help people out in any way he can.
“The things I want to do is be a pharmacist, or sports medicine, or be a physical therapist,” Thomas said.
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