Three old people.
Two who have been in Fort Collins since the very beginning of the rebuild that led Colorado State’s men’s basketball team to a likely return to the NCAA Tournament.
One who has been at CSU less than a year but has quickly become a favorite fan and teammate as much for who he is outside of basketball as what he can do on the court.
The Rams will honor Kendle Moore, Adam Thistlewood and Chandler Jacobs on Saturday ahead of the 6:30 p.m. regular season finale against Boise State at a sold-out Moby Arena.
Yet this is not necessarily a farewell. With the NCAA extending athletes an additional year of eligibility due to COVID-shortened seasons, Moore and Thistlewood have the opportunity to continue their college basketball careers.
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Here’s what you need to know: Saturday is the last home game for Jacobs, no matter what. He is out of all eligibility. Moore and Thistlewood are both fourth-year players but have another year of eligibility available. No decision has been made on what they will do next year and it won’t be done until after the season.
Here is an overview of the three.
The 6-foot-3 winger has one regret about his time at CSU.
If only it were longer.
“I feel like I just got here,” Jacobs said. “I think it’s cool because I’ve been able to be myself in this new place. It’s bittersweet for me. I’m happy to be here, but I’m also very sad to be leaving Moby.
He comes to CSU after playing four years at Dallas Baptist, where he was a Division II All-American. Jacobs initially chose to transfer to Texas Tech, but he “just knew it wasn’t right.”
This led to CSU. His role has changed. He’s no longer the high-scoring star he was at DBU, but he’s a great, high-energy defender who becomes more and more dangerous in attack as the season progresses. He’s averaging 5.9 points and 4.3 rebounds per game, and his two highest-scoring games have come in two of CSU’s biggest wins (at Boise State and against Wyoming).
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More than that, he fits perfectly into the team. Moore dubbed him “Uncle Chan” and he’s a sounding board for anyone who wants to talk. A self-proclaimed “old soul”, he is keen to find the right energy in the people around him.
“It’s funny because you come and go, ‘I’m going to go for a year and go,'” Jacobs said. “I don’t know why I was thinking of coming here without having any emotional attachment to where I was going to be. I am so, so sad. I love this place so much. I like people. I like the way people accept me and my personality. It was amazing. I could cry on Saturday. We’ll see.”
Kendle Moore and Adam Thistlewood
The stories about Moore and Thistlewood cannot be separated because the two are, well, inseparable.
When one is asked about the other, the first answer is always that they are brothers. Thistlewood is “Uncle AT” for Moore’s young daughter. The duo signed on to train Niko Medved and Drake’s staff, then followed CSU as the first recruits to Medved’s big rebuilding job.
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These are the pillars of the program. It’s something Jacobs quickly realized when he joined the Rams.
“I feel like they are the reason the culture is what it is. The way they act, the way they show and illustrate who we are as a team,” said Jacobs on Moore and Thistlewood “They are the reason we are the way we are.”
Both had excellent careers. Moore, a 6-foot guard, will make his 116th career start on Saturday. He is third in program history with 145 career interceptions (only 11 behind first) and sixth all-time with 116 career 3-pointers.
The 6-foot-8 Thistlewood has had a more trying senior season with injury and then a move to a more limited bench role, but Saturday will be his 111th game as Ram. He is fifth in program history with 171 career 3-pointers.
During a recent practice, they reminisced about times on and off the pitch over the years.
“When we were freshmen in the dorms, my man was going to bed so early,” Moore said with a laugh.
Thistlewood recently taught Moore how to play chess and he says Moore is “super intuitive with the moves”.
They called the game back as a sophomore when Moore ran down with the ball before dropping it at Thistlewood for a game-winning 3-pointer to beat South Dakota State at Moby.
“He’s a great human being. He’s energetic, he has a spirit around him. Just a great person to be around. He drives everything. He’s funny,” Thistlewood said before pausing.
He reaches out and grabs Moore and says “ah, come here bro”, and pulls him in for a hug.
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