Posted On: 04/4/18 12:17 PM
Six-foot-three forward Trey Christensen looks to make a statement in Class A this season after coming up just short last year.
Just a few years ago in 2015, Parker placed fifth in the Class B State Tournament in Aberdeen. Now that they are in Class A, Christensen has noticed quite a difference in the level of play.
“Yeah, I have noticed that it seems to be a lot faster and the defense is a lot more intense,” Christensen said. “We have really worked on getting open and trying to stay active when teams are denying us. We also have been working on playing faster and getting the ball out in transition.”
Even after adjusting to a shot clock, faster play and tougher defensive teams the Pheasants had a pretty successful season going 15-5 and qualifying for the Round of 16 before losing to Crow Creek. Even though they came up short of their goal of the state tournament, Christensen still calls it a successful season and a good one to build off for next year.
“Things went super good last season for us,” Christensen said. “We played well as a team and beat some pretty good teams. We came up short of the state tournament, but we are going to work hard this offseason to achieve our goal of making it next year.”
Parker returns just about everyone, losing only two seniors. Christensen along with seven other juniors intend on making their senior season one to remember.
Christensen isn’t on an AAU summer team right now, but he doesn’t take that as a negative thing but as an opportunity to focus on the several team camps Parker intends on going this summer.
“This summer we plan on getting shots up daily,” Christensen said. “We are going to try to work hard as a team to get better for next season. We plan on going to a lot of team camps together this summer so we can grow more as a team and improve as a whole.”
As of now, Christensen hasn’t been contacted by any colleges to play after this season, but with how good the team could potentially be next year he could have plenty of opportunities to impress college scouts.