“I feel good now, so I’m not asking too many questions anymore. If something happens, I’ll deal with that. Everything is going smooth and my body is great.”
A bit of proof: Those legs that gave him so much trouble last season produced a team-high vertical leap of 44 inches in recent team testing.
Social justice and cooking
Instead of spending spare time researching his symptoms, Thatch has put his energies outside of basketball toward work with a social justice group on campus and with the A-10 as well as cooking. The group is a passion for Thatch and some teammates, and cooking is his new stress relief in addition to aiding his recovery.
“When I’m extremely stressed, I cook,” he said. “It’s a way I calm down and enjoy myself.”
Aside from preparing his famed pasta dishes, he dabbles in chicken and salmon, stocking a couple of dozen pieces in his freezer. He drinks two gallons of water each day. He sleeps eight or more hours per night instead of five or six.
Thatch is determined to make a mark on the court after his lost season. And he is focused on doing the same in the community.
In the wake of the recent controversial deaths of African Americans connected to the actions of police, his campus group held a Facebook vigil to acknowledge the victims. On another day, he joined a couple of dozen students and staff members to re-enact a speech given by Martin Luther King at SLU in 1964. He also has spent time with teammates on campus encouraging students to vote and handing out literature.
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