August 27, 2015
It’s been an eventful year for LeMars point guard Trent Hillbrands.
He transferred from Remsen Union to LeMars, where he was the starting point guard for 3A’s runner-up. And then decided to make the switch from Iowa Mavericks to South Dakota Attack, one of that state’s premier grassroots programs.
Through it all, his exposure has been steady, and his recruitment has picked up a bit because of it.
“Northwestern (IA) is in contact with me all the time, and Briar Cliff still, and then Dordt has been showing some interest. I’ve gotten a couple letters from University of Sioux Falls, and then a couple from Augustana. And I’ve gotten one letter from Central, and that’s it for now,” said the 6-foot point guard.
“Northwestern has been calling me a lot, I’ve heard most from them, and Briar Cliff. And then my AAU coach is the assistant athletic director at Augustana, so I’ve been seeing plenty of interest from there. I’m really hoping to open some eyes this season as a junior.”
Hillbrands decided to make the switch from Mavericks to South Dakota Attack solely for convenience.
“I moved programs just because it was closer to our area, and it was easier to get things done with things close by, especially with baseball that I play,” he said.
“I started at point guard for them and I was pretty much our leading scorer throughout the summer. I’ve worked hard on my pull-up and my outside shooting, those have been my biggest weaknesses for a couple years now, and I though I really needed to improve on it.”
With LeMars’ two top players from a year ago now gone, Tyler Paulsen and Tyler Borchers, Hillbrands will have much-increased role over the next two seasons.
“My role is definitely going to change a lot,” he said. “This year I’m going to have to score a lot more. We’re going to be very young, and very small. My role is going to be to score a lot more, guard bigger guys, and lead a lot more.”
April 14, 2014
Just a freshman, last season 5-foot-11 point guard Trent Hilbrands was solid at Remsen Union as the starting point guard, averaging 12 points and 4.7 assists per game.
But next year he will be taking his talents elsewhere.
“I just transfered to LeMars Community,” said Hilbrands. “They have better athletics, more competition”
The highly ranked PHI prospect says he will be the starting point guard next season for the Bulldogs.
This off-season, the sturdy point guard is playing with the 15U Iowa Mavericks Orange, and he was able to showcase his skills this past weekend ar the state AAU tornament in Pleasant Hill.
“I like to go to the hoop, I can shoot the ball when I'm open,” Hilbrands told PHI “This summer I want to work on my pull-up and I want to work on shooting and I want to work on the defensive end.”
Last weekend Hilbrands justified his high 2017 PHI prospect ranking, displaying great instincts, a pure stroke and the ability to get to the rim at will.
Although he's just a freshman, Hilbrands has already gotten a couple of letters and a texts from Briair Cliff and Northwestern College.
He will be receiving plenty more attention over the next three years.