WAUSAU – What is Thomas Dunbar’s favorite sport? The answer depends on the time of the year it is.
“When it’s (the winter), I’m all in for basketball. But by the end of summer, all I want to do is play football,” the Wausau East junior said Monday.
An honorable mention selection at receiver in the Valley Football Association-North Division this fall, Dunbar is a point guard for the Lumberjacks boys basketball team that will look to extend on a 3-0 start Tuesday at Lakeland.
The 6-foot-2 Dunbar broke into East’s starting lineup last year, is one of three key returning players with varsity experience, along with JP Lacy and Charlie Keefe.
“He is very quick off the dribble, is very intelligent and sees the floor well,” East coach Paul Dimka said. “He gets us into the right spot (on offense) and he can hit the open man. He doesn’t always like to shoot, but he’s going to have to. He is quick and gets to the basket.
“The other night he was 7 of 8 (from the line) against Newman (Catholic), and hopefully it is something he continues to do all season.” Dimka said. “He is able to slash and get to the basket and draw fouls. He would much rather make a nice dish than make a basket. I will take both. He is going to have to score about eight-plus (points) a game and dish out four-plus assists a game.”
The Lumberjacks are off to a 3-0 start. What does that mean for this team? We have a lot of new guys coming in (to the season) and it was nice to get three wins while getting (the newcomers) some experience on the varsity level.
Talk about the way the team has been clicking on offense. The team is shooting around 50 percent from the floor so far, overall: In practice we always stress making the extra pass and finding the open shooter. If we have a good look, we will make the extra pass to get an even better look. I think that contributes to the high shooting percentage.
You run the point and are a pass-first player. Talk about your role: Last year I looked to get an assist for everyone, but this year I’m going to have to score more and be more aggressive (offensively). But when I drive in, still be looking for the open guy if they have an easier shot.
You are someone who drives the lane quite a bit too, and can get to the free throw line. Talk about being aggressive on that end: When I drive in, I don’t really look for contact. But regardless of how tall or how big the (defender) is, I feel that I can jump with anyone or get up high enough to at least have a chance to make (the basket) or, if not, get fouled.
Defensively you are usually matched up against one of the opponent’s top players. Talk about the pride you have on guarding those players: If they don’t score, you’re doing your job right. It’s fun to go against some of the big-name people like (SPASH’s) Trev Anderson. If I can limit him at all during a game, it feels pretty good.
We are closing in on the start of the conference season. SPASH is obviously at a different level, but do you think East has the ability to finish in the top third of the conference this season? I think so. I think SPASH is really the only team that is really above us. I feel we have the skill to beat anyone else in the conference.
School: Wausau East
Sports: Basketball, football
Family:Father, Craig; mother, Susan; brother, John; sister, Madeline.
Favorite subject: Biology
Favorite movie: “Good Will Hunting”
Guilty pleasure song: “Love Yourself” by Justin Bieber.
Favorite TV show: “SportsNation”
Place would like to visit: Venice, Italy.
Favorite athlete: LeBron James.
Favorite team: Cleveland Cavaliers
Most memorable game: Against Marshfield this year (in football). That was my first time on a varsity football field, and that was the best outcome I’ve had personally.