Fayetteville High School Tiger Isaiah Thomison was selected as the Fayetteville High School basketball MVP for 2023 by the Elk Valley Times. Coach Chris Murdock said Thomison brings “high energy” and is a leader by nature.
The Elk Valley Times has selected Isaiah Thomison as the 2023 Fayetteville Basketball MVP.
“Isaiah is a fun guy to be around,” said Coach Chris Murdock. “He brings a high energy level to the court and to the classroom. He is a leader by nature. As a senior this season, we all really fed off his energy. He is a hard worker and is always ready for the big stage.”
The Elk Valley Times sat down with Isaiah for “10 Questions to get to know him a little better.
EVT: What was your initial reaction when you found out you were receiving this award?
IT: It was a great moment for me. It’s a great honor to be selected from other people who were also deserving.
EVT: How did you and your teammates handle the tough loss in the playoffs to Chattanooga?
IT: We handled it pretty well. It’s never a good time to end your season like that. I felt like the loss brought us together as a team, and a culture, and a brotherhood.
EVT: What’s your favorite food at a tailgate?
IT: Some ribs, some burgers, hotdogs, and pork chops.
EVT: Are you a Michael Jordan or a Lebron James man?
IT: I’m a Lebron James man for sure.
EVT: Who was the most underrated player on your team this past season?
IT: I’d say Aljarea Johnson. Aljarea was our defensive stopper. He would draw the other team’s best player every game.
EVT: What do you think your strengths and weaknesses are on the court?
IT: Communication and being a leader is my strength. My weakness would be keeping a good attitude when we get bad calls and not letting it get to me.
EVT: You’re headed to Memphis to play football on scholarship. If you could take one basketball teammate with you to Memphis, who would it be and why?
IT: It would be Aljarea Johnson. We have been like brothers since we were 3 years old, and we both love playing football.
EVT: What’s your favorite movie?
IT: One of the Friday movies. (laughing)
EVT: What do you want to say to the community of Fayetteville as your high school career is coming to a close?
IT: I want to say thanks to everyone for the love and support and having my back through these four years of high school and through my whole life. I want to thank everyone who has come through my life as a mentor or just a good friend. I’m leaving Fayetteville, but Fayetteville is coming with me to Memphis. I ask for prayers to help me as I go through this next journey.
EVT: What do you want to say to Coach Murdock about what he has meant to you and your team this season?
IT: I want to thank Coach Murdock for being a great coach. He is more than a coach. He is a great all-around person and father figure. He would take any of us to his home. If we need a meal, he will get it. If we need shoes, he will get it. He is a great dude all around. I love all the coaches and it’s been a great four years here at Fayetteville High School.