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Posted On: 08/4/18 5:00 PM
After a strong offseason with WCS Team Driven, Inman’s Mason Thiessen has earned a reputation as one of the state’s top big man prospects.
At 6’7, Thiessen is a strong, physical post player who was a standout on the football field last season. He is comfortable posted up on the block and is able to pass out of double teams when needed and able to get a bucket when in a one-on-one situation.
He is also able to step out as a stretch 4 and knock down some 3’s in a pick-and-pop situation as well.
He says playing this offseason for WCS Team Driven has given him the opportunity to play against quality competition and see how he measures up.
“(It) has allowed me to elevate my game by playing against some great teams,” he says. “Seeing the competition that I’ve seen this summer has helped me to realize where I’m at and what I need to work on. Overall, it has helped my confidence the most, knowing that I can play against some very talented kids and still play my game.”
Thiessen he has spent the offseason working on his strength and post game.
“The strength I’ve gained in the weight room has helped me to expand my game immensely,” Thiessen said.
Thiessen says the biggest influence on his basketball career to date has been his dad.
“He’s always pushed me and given me the confidence I needed to keep working on my game,” Thiessen said.
A fan of another small town big man, St. John’s native and current Kansas State big man Dean Wade, Thiessen says he appreciates the 6’10 forwards versatility.
“I’ve been able to watch how he can post up or step outside,” Thiessen says. “He’s a tough matchup, brings a lot to the table, and is a great teammate. Those are all things that try to do to put my team in the best position to win.”
Although he has not yet heard from many colleges, Thiessen says he has sent out his film and
received some positive feedback from Pratt CC, Barton CC, and Tabor.