Nicolet National Bank Senior Spotlight: Marcus Tomashek – Ashwaubenon boys’ basketball
By Murray Gleffe
Name: Marcus Tomashek
High school: Ashwaubenon
Sport: Boys’ basketball
Parents: Maggie and Mark Tomashek
Ashwaubenon High School senior Marcus Tomashek averaged 26.1 points and 7 rebounds per game this season for the 24-5 Jaguars, who recently lost in the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Division 2 state semifinals to Pewaukee, 60-49.
It was Ashwaubenon’s first state appearance since 2006.
Tomashek said he likes to wear casual clothes and said Indianapolis is his favorite city to visit.
Talk about what you’ve learned from your dad and coach, Mark Tomashek.
“Every day is a grind and not easy. He taught me to put in the time and be disciplined to achieve my goals.”
Laptop or Chromebook?
“Chromebook – it’s always worked for me.”
Talk about a big victory last season that propelled your team to success this year.
“The regional final game against Notre Dame Academy. It was a big accomplishment for our team and program.”
What’s something you learned in the past week?
“How to weld in class.”
Favorite sports announcer?
“Dick Vitale. When he gets in his NCAA March Madness mode, his voice and energy are different than any other announcer.”
Porsche or Jaguar?
“Jaguar – they have more of a sporty look.”
Talk about a volunteer experience where you helped someone.
“I worked with the ‘Feed My Starving Children’ program. We made meals that were sent to other countries. It felt good knowing I was helping others. I also volunteer with the youth basketball program.”
If you could be somebody for a day, who would it be?
“Charles Barkley. It would be lots of fun being in the pregame show for the National Basketball Association (NBA).”
Who’s your role model?
“(NBA player) Giannis Antetokounmpo. He goes to work every day trying to be better and prove something. With hard work, he showed you can make a new life for yourself.”
NCAA Tournament or NBA Finals?
“The NBA Finals last year because of the Milwaukee Bucks’ run to the championship. Normally, the NCAA tournament because of the upsets and how many games there are.”
Talk about signing with Michigan Technological University and what it means to you.
“It’s exciting because it shows hard work pays off. I found a great place for myself. I want to be the best player I can and get a great education.”
What’s the coolest trend you see today?
“Socks with slides. I always wear socks when I wear slides.”
Which would you dislike more: a bad score on a test or missing a game-winning layup?
“Missing a game-winning layup because it would stick with me for a long time. I study lots, so I don’t often get a bad grade.”
What’s your dream job?
“Become a hunting or fishing guide. Those are two of my favorite hobbies, and it would be great to make a living doing what I enjoy.”
Which comes easier: a between-the-legs or behind-the-back dribble?
“Between-the-legs dribble. It’s always been an easier move for me going down the court.”
“Hoosiers” or “Hoop Dreams?”
“’Hoop Dreams’ was the first basketball movie I remember watching.”
What’s your favorite type of music?
“I only listen to rap by myself. When I’m with friends, they play country.”
Bagel or toast for breakfast?
“Toast with butter.”
What four words describe you?
“Intense, energetic, motivated, fun.”
What’s your favorite trip ever taken?
“My family and I stayed in the Smoky Mountains in a cabin. It was amazing because we were in the middle of the forest. We saw bears right outside our cabin.”
Who’s your favorite college team?
“The Kansas Jayhawks.”
Disney animated movie or action-packed thriller?
“Action-packed thriller movies like ‘Ride Along’ are my favorite.”
A 35-foot 3-point basket or a nice dime to a teammate?
“A nice dime to a teammate because the assist feels amazing afterward.”