Trevon Duval is the No. 1 point guard and No. 4 overall player in the ESPN 60. Last summer his peers awarded him Best Handles hardware for his dominance during the AAU season. The Advanced Prep International (Dallas) star has everyone from Duke to Kentucky to Kansas to North Carolina to Arizona, among many others, all applying the full-court recruiting press for his services. Now he’s agreed to give USA TODAY HSS exclusive access into his world by chronicling everything from intimate details about his recruitment to his everyday life in a blog.
Hey what’s up this is Trey; as you can see I’m starting my new blog with USA Today and I’m gonna let you in on how my life is going right now.
I’m here in Dallas now playing at API and Texas is way different from New Jersey where I was at last season playing at St. Benedict’s. By now it would’ve been cold there, but it’s still hot!
Texas is just a lot bigger too; I’m not used to that. There’s just a lot of room here. There are little cities around Dallas that are really far from each other.
The other thing is getting used to how nice everyone is down here, but I like that part.
Everyone is really loving, caring and genuine and people up north are just more to themselves.
My experience at API has been great so far, but it’s been tough; just adjusting to a different coach, more high-level players and styles.
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The good thing is that, at the end of the day, it’s still just basketball.
We are definitely putting in work. This is probably the toughest I’ve ever worked, but I love it.
For example, I wake up at 4:30 a.m. for workouts at 5:30 a.m. I have to give 110 percent effort that early in the morning because I want to get better and I want my team to get better. After that I have to go just as hard in the classroom.
After school we have a shoot around and a couple times a week we play in a fall league. It’s been an adjustment mentally and physically, but we have the ability to be the best team in the country, by far.
We just have to play together consistently and stay together. We have to develop that continuity and we’ll be fine.
I know everyone wants to know about my recruitment so let’s talk about that.
I’ve had North Carolina, Arizona, Baylor, Villanova, Indiana, SMU, Maryland and a few others come by the gym to see my workouts. I’ve been in contact with Duke, Kentucky and Kansas, and a bunch of other schools too.
It’s like a dream come true to be in this position. I remember looking up to the older guys when I was in the seventh grade. I’d see guys picking up offers and committing and all that. I was just working and waiting on my time. I got my first letter in the seventh grade and now college coaches look at me as one of the best players in the country. It’s a blessing.
I love it, but it can be a little annoying at times. I look at it like those coaches want me to come to their school and they’re doing what they have to do to get me. I can respect that.
It’s cool to be able to build close relationships with these coaches.
The coach that makes me laugh the most is definitely Coach Book (Richardson). He literally talks about anything with me. He tells that he doesn’t wanna harass me about basketball so we usually talk about whatever’s going on in our lives. I remember I got a text from Coach G-Mac from Syracuse in July and he was talking about how hype he was to work with me. He wanted to get in the gym right then. Stuff like that is cool to me.
I remember the first time I talked to Coach K. It was the Fourth of July; I saw this random number pop up on my phone and when I picked up he said, “Hey this is Coach K.” I was just really surprised and excited.
I’ve talked to Coach (Bill) Self, Coach (John) Calipari, Coach (Roy) Williams; it’s just weird in a good way being able to talk to all of these big time coaches.
I want to plan some visits soon. I’ve been to UCLA, Maryland, Syracuse and Villanova so far.
I’m planning to go to some Midnight Madness events, but I’m not sure which ones yet. The way the coaches describe how live their Midnight Madness’s are it makes me want to go to all of them!
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School is going great so far this year. Being at a new school is definitely an adjustment, but I work as hard in the classroom as I do on the court; my parents instilled that in me!
Right now I’ve got all A’s, so I’m proud of that.
Math is definitely my favorite subject. I love finishing problems that they give us first and having all the right answers. I’m competitive in math too!
Other than basketball and school, I mostly just do normal stuff.
I know everyone knows that Drake and Future recently dropped a mixtape. I like it! It’s pretty dope, but the biggest news right now is that 2K is finally out.
I’m gonna go ahead and tell you this right now: I’m the King of 2K! Everyone else may be the King of their city or their state, but I’m the King, period. I never lose.
I play with Golden State and it’s a wrap.
Trust me, no one wants to see me on those sticks!
OK, I’ve gotta go now because I’ve got a 5:30 a.m. practice in the morning!
Thanks for checking out my blog; I’ll get back with you guys soon.
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