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Athlete of the Week: Permian's Robert Thomas 2/17/14

A starter for the MOJO since his freshman year, junior Robert Thomas is the conductor behind the Panthers regular season success.

Permian junior Robert Thomas has been a starter for the MOJO since his freshman year

“Rob’s a rascal but he’s very special,” said Permian head coach Danny Wright. “Rob’s done nothing but win here. He’s never not gone to the playoffs.”

A point guard’s primary role is to call the plays and dish assists, but this year – Thomas has had to switch it up

“Last year I had six-four, six-five, six-seven on my team,” said Thomas, “so I had to distribute the ball more, but not this year. I don’t have that, so this year I have to distribute, score, (and) do little things that can help us win.”

21 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and four steals -- that’s what he averages per game. But for Coach Wright who’s known him since he was two, it’s not enough.

“I probably coach him harder than I’ve ever coached any kid here at Permian High School,” said Wright.

But Rob embraces the responsibility.

“It’s a fun thing to be in charge of,” said Thomas, “because it shows your accountability so I like being accountable for things.”

It’s that very mentality that has him bound for great things.

“Sit back Permian Basin,” said Wright, “because I think next year, even in the playoffs this year, I think we’re gonna see something that we hadn’t seen here in a long time.”

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