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Posted On: 01/13/18 12:00 PM
Certainly one of small-town Louisiana’s best talents, Hathaway’s 6-foot- guard Trey Blanchard has taken his game to a new level over the past year.
And that has not gone unnoticed by area college coaches.
“As of right now, I’ve gone to several recruitment camps which include Louisiana Tech, Northwestern State, and I was offered to go to UNO’s. I’ve had some calls from LSU-A, but nothing for sure quite yet, but I’ve had some looks. I’ve also heard from John Hopkins University, a Division 3 in Baltimore, Maryland,” said Blanchard.
“A big goal is definitely to go play Division I at the collegiate level, that’s always been a goal of mine. We haven’t had many of those come through Hathaway, so that’s kind of been a driving force.
A fundamentally sound floor-general, the Hornets junior defined his skill-set to PHLA.
“I definitely take pride in my fundamentals, I’m not too flashy with it. I can penetrate the gap, I’m a good defender,” said Blanchard. “Sometimes I struggle on the boards because I’m undersized, but I feel like I’m a versatile guard that can defend the one through the three.”
He says this season is when he’s really taken the role as the team’s leader, but it was starting to happen a bit at the end of last season.
“In year’s past I was getting minutes, but I think late last year and then especially this year I kind of became the man,” said Blanchard. “I’ll get doubled when I catch the ball, whether it’s in the paint or outside. And the guys kind of look up to me, I take on the captain role, and I’m the floor general.”
With his squad sitting at 17-2, the lofty goals Blanchard has for his team are certainly not out of reach.
“A team goal for us is definitely the state championship,” he said. “Last year we came up three points short.”
When his junior season is complete, he’ll play a critical 17U offseason with newly established program, Louisiana Swarm. And he’s just looking for some serious recruitment to come his way.
“To be honest, a full-ride anywhere will do, I’m not too picky,” said Blanchard. “If you give me a ball, a court and a jersey, I’m on that plane.”