TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) This weekend one of the best teams in junior college basketball comes to town, in Indian Hills. A team that the Golden Eagles fell to during their trip to Iowa.
And one of last year's stars will hopefully return to the lineup for the first time this season.
A broken foot has kept former All-American Khalid Thomas out of the lineup. Now the team's second leading scorer from last year is hungry.
"I feel pretty good, I'm obviously not 100 percent, as I'm doing rehab and everything," explained Thomas.
And running with the best of them.
"Dunking and everything is fine, I'm not dunking like I was, I have to get my footwork and everything back to other, running up and down the court, it doesn't hurt," Thomas added.
The Texas Tech signee understands his role, whether it's continuing to mentor other players or play valuable minutes this weekend against Williston State and No. 15 Indian Hills.
Thomas exclaimed, just whatever coach has planned, if I don't play valuable minutes, it's fine with me." "I understand I'm getting back, I understand if I don't play the whole game, whatever he has planned for me, I'm ready."
The Warriors beat the Golden Eagles 96-82, on November 30 in Iowa.
Freshman guard Jaxon Edelmayer said, "coming out of the second half, we didn't come out as a team, we just struggled with a few things, I think coming in this Saturday, we'll be good."
Edelmayer has transitioned well from his playing days at Madison High School to the junior college ranks, averaging 13.3 points per game, third highest on the team.
He's one of those athletes who rose to the opportunity in Thomas' absence.
"I do think a lot of guys stepped up, taking on bigger roles, get more minutes and produce ways they haven't necessarily produced before," Thomas said.
Now CSI gets a rematch at home, with Thomas potentially in the lineup.
"Khalid is a great player, I think he will definitely help against Indian Hills and conference and everything." Edelmayer explained. "It's good to have him back."
CSI will honor military personnel before and during the Williston State game. Each active duty member or veteran as well as their families can attend the game for free.
The Golden Eagles take on Indian Hills Saturday, tip-off for both games is 7:30 p.m.
NOTE: Footage of CSI vs. Indian Hills on November 30 is courtesy of CSI Athletics.