As the late resurgence of the Emporia State men’s basketball team continues, the Hornets are led by a big-time presence in the paint. Adam Holthaus, junior forward and computer systems information major, repeatedly comes off the bench and flat out produces – Holthaus’ 13.6 points per game are second-best only to teammate Tim Niles. The Topeka native looks to improve his game while his team continues to step up in MIAA play.
Q: When did you start playing basketball?
A: I have been playing basketball as long as I could pick up the ball.
Q: What are your strong points and weak points as a player?
A: Personally, I feel like my strong point is my offensive ability. I
feel like I have good post moves with both hands which allow me to do
different things depending on what they give me. I feel like a weak
point would be my defense and rebounding. I need to get more aggressive
when rebounding and also need to get better overall on defense.
Q: What assets do you bring to the team?
A: I feel as though I bring a spark from inside. I feel like I bring the
ability to score in the paint which opens up many different options for
Q: Why did you decide to come to Emporia State as opposed to Washburn since
you’re from Topeka?
A: I decided to come to Emporia because of the wonderful opportunities that
they offered me both athletically and academically.
Q: What’s it like being a student-athlete at ESU? What are the greatest
A: I love being a student-athlete at ESU. It is a great environment for
both athletics and academics. Everyone here is very supportive of the
athletic teams and the university. The hardest thing about being a
student-athlete would be, in season, when you have practice, games and
homework, all going on at the same time, while missing some classes.
Being able to keep up with everything is definitely the hardest part.
Q: Who would you say influenced you the most to play basketball?
A: My parents always encouraged me and supported me throughout the years.
Q: If you could choose one person as your role model or hero, who would it
A: My parents would probably be my role models or heroes because they
brought me into this world and are very supportive in everything I do.
Q: What do you plan to do after college? Is coaching an option for you after you get done playing for ESU?
A: This is not my dream or in the plans of my future, but if an opportunity
would arise I would definitely look into it.