When Jerrod Calhoun arrived at Fairmont State last year, he took a look at the roster, assessed his players, and ultimately decided Isaac Thornton was the center piece to a team that is currently one of the best in the WVIAC.
"We built this team around Isaac, knowing that this was his final year as a senior," Falcons Head Coach Jerrod Calhoun said. "He's had an unbelievable career here and we wanted to send him off the right way, and hopefully get to the NCAA Tournament. He's done an unbelievable job of leading us, not only on the court but off the court. We've got a very close knit of guys and that's led by Isaac."
The Martinsburg native averages nearly 17 points per game, and if he remains on track, he will have a chance to join the 2,000 point club. It's an milestone not achieved by many, but one that's a product of hard work over a four-year span.
"It's a great achievement because there's a lot of great players that came through Fairmont. Honestly, I don't care about individual awards," FSU guard Isaac Thornton said. "I just want that national championship. We all came here to do that."
"I think it's phenomenal," Calhoun said. "It just speaks volumes of what he's done here at Fairmont State and hopefully, having six home games here, the fans can come out and see him close out this career the right way, and get him back to the NCAA Tournament."
Isaac is the leading scorer on a Falcons team only behind West Liberty in the league standings. But at the end of the day, it's his commitment to the team that has carried him through a brilliant four years in Fairmont.
"I'm just cherishing it to the fullest," Thornton said. "We're winning and it just so happens that I'm leading the team in scoring, but I don't really care about that. I just care about winning and being there for my teammates."