It’s not easy to develop so quickly as a true freshman, yet JaRon Thames has done exactly that, and to the delight of the Griffon fan base, he’s not the only freshman doing so this year.
Thames is now averaging 8.7 points per game and has appeared in 21 games for the Griffons. In the last 10 games, he has become virtually unguardable. He has also found himself as the go-to guy down the stretch of some big games here recently, including this past Saturday at No. 14 Missouri Southern, where he was recording bucket after bucket in the second-half comeback that just fell short to the Lions.
As previously stated, Thames is not the only freshman to be maturing very quickly, as Reese Glover and Alex John also have impressed this year. Behind the second-year coach Sundance Wicks, and a savvy mix of youth and experience, the Griffons find themselves 10-5 in the MIAA, and a stunning 9-0 at home.
The Griffon faithful have not watched their team lose in the MWSU Fieldhouse yet this year, and that has a huge part of their 14-12 winning record. Thames is shooting 50% from the field and is also averaging a solid 4.0 rebounds per game.
Off the court, Thames is a quiet and reserved kid who he comes from Trinity High School, located in Saint Louis, Missouri. Thames was a lethal threat for the Titans a few years. The Griffs have punched their ticket to Kansas City, Missouri, to be apart of the MIAA championship and are really looking to make some noise despite some expected tough competition.
For basketball in the MIAA, like many sports in this star studded conference, the competition is very stiff and consists of multiple ranked opponents. Including Northwest and the recently battled Missouri Southern. If the Griffons want to call themselves the Champions of the MIAA, they will have to get through these teams that are tough to beat.
They are graduating three seniors including Beau Baker and Tyus Millhollin, who recently tied the record for 3-pointers made in a career. Next year the Griffons will have an even more experienced team consisting of Thames, John and Reese Glover premiering as sophomores. Wicks will be entering his third campaign with the Griffons and will look to improve on a 2019-2020 campaign that brought about some broken records.
Missouri Western is now officially in the home stretch of the season, as its schedule consists of just four more regular season games, all at home. With all of these again conference foes, the Griffons look to knock off Pitt State, Missouri Southern, Northwest, and Washburn to conclude their 2019-2020 regular season with a winning record.