QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -- Tyler Thompson has seen the best of times and the worst of times on the basketball floor.
A little more than a year ago, the Quincy University senior small forward tore his ACL and missed the entire season.
Months and months of rehab and Thompson has returned to once again be a force on the floor. Through five games this season he's second on the team in scoring, averaging 12 points a game, and second in rebounding, pulling down five boards per contest.
Thompson says he getting close to being 100%.
"It's up and down, game by game and practice to practice. But I'm definitely pleased with where I'm at," Thompson explained.
"The coaches have done a great job of pulling the reigns back and reminding me that it's a marathon, not a sprint."
According to head coach Marty Bell, "Tyler's rehab now is mental, not physical. Physically he's fine, actually the repaired knee is probably stronger than his other knee but the mental part of rehab is what people I think sell short."
Thompson and the Hawks scored a big win over previously unbeaten Lindenwood on Saturday to improve to 3-2, but the page has been turned with a more important game this Saturday against Illinois-Springfield, and the start to conference play.
"Every game we've played in Division II has been an in-region game, but now it's in-region and conference which is of even greater value," Bell indicated.
"We have a great rivalry with (Illinois-Springfield), we recruit a lot of the same kids, and we want to put our best foot forward when we start conference. I've got to get the guys that give me the best chance to win on the floor and positions are secondary.
We've got to find the guys that can execute the best in certain points of the game and that's when those guys need to be on the floor together."
The Hawks and Prairie Stars square off at 7:30 p.m. and then it's 10 days off before hosting the QU/Subway Holiday Tournament in two weeks.
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