About halfway through his junior season, everything started to fall into place for Norwich forward Seth Thomsen. A freshman call-up to the varsity level, Thomsen had delivered perfunctory if not spectacular results through two-plus seasons.
Beginning with the Greene Holiday Tournament nearly a year ago to the day, Thomsen became a double figures fixture with his scoring and rebounding, and developed into Norwich’s most consistent all-around performer by season’s end.
Fast forward 10 months, and Thomsen is still producing consistent numbers, only better. He’s also a better leader, and the effects are being felt up and down the roster. “This being his fourth year on varsity, I see a huge difference,” said Norwich first-year varsity coach, Tom Collier. “He’s always been a quiet leader, but he’s more vocal this year. He doesn’t say a whole lot, but like the Merrill Lynch slogan, when he talks, people listen.”
If his teammates are listening, then everyone else must be watching with wonder. Thomsen is getting to the basket with such regularity, he’s making it look easy against difficult opposition. It’s all the product of a work ethic that is unmatched by any player in the Norwich program. “There is nobody who works harder than Seth Thomsen. No one,” Collier said. “The kids all look up to him. He’s the first one to the gym and the last one out. We have to kick him out of the gym.”