TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Indiana State freshman guard Micah Thomas is making a big impact on the Sycamores. Thomas played all 40 minutes against Bradley to finish with 18 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists.

Head coach Josh Schertz says, “Coaching is trying to help guys play in a way that brings out the best in everybody so we got to find a way to help Micah do what he does best.”

Micah Thomas says, “Really trying to focus on whatever the team needs. No matter if it’s scoring, assisting or just being there.”

“When things got hard, I think we focuses in even more and came together as a team.”

His head coach credits a meeting with Micah and his father over the holiday break as a reason for the recent success.

Schertz says, “He came back from Christmas break rejuvenated. We had some talks when he was back in Oklahoma with myself and Mike and his dad. Not the talks, I’m not that motivating, but he got a chance to fill his cup back up as a freshman and he hit a wall and wasn’t practicing well or playing well so he came back and looked fresh.”

Cooper Neese says, “I don’t think we give him enough credit especially the way what we call sticking with the grind. He stayed grinding and knew what he needed to do to be able to come and play in games like these. His production has always been there. You knew he could always do it.”

Now, the Sycamores will lean on Thomas to feed other guys as they navigate the rest of the season.

Schertz says, “Hopefully this is a spring board for him. I think he’s one of the best guards in the league. I don’t know all the freshman guards, but he’s as good as any.”

Thomas says, “I’m trying to focus in on helping my teammates crashing down. Being physical and trying to just get in there and scrap.”