ESPN No 5 ranked high school senior and Duke commit Trevon Duval said that it was just hard work that made him the nation’s top point guard.
“You’ve got to love the process, I just loved working hard in the gym because I never look at basketball as work,” Duval told USA Today. “It’s fun when you’re in there and you start to notice that you’re doing things better. I love when I can see improvement in something I’ve been trying. That’s the best part. I just love it.”
Duval also said it is important to vary your workout routine.
“Don’t do the same old drills,” said Duval. “Try different things; especially as a point guard. You have to be able to play off your instincts so you’ve always got to be thinking about the next move and different ways to get it done. It’s hard to go from being slept on and finish as the top point guard, but it can be done. I’m proof.”
The 6-3 floor general averaged 16.2 points and 7.7 assists for powerhouse IMG Academy (FL) this year, leading the team to a 26-1 regular season record and the school’s first ever DICK’S Nationals tournament.
“Trevon is a prototypical point guard: a heady, aggressive leader with a great feel for the game and the ability to make others better,” Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski told goduke.com. “His natural leadership ability and relentless competitiveness set him apart from others at his position.”
He averaged 15.9 points a game for St. Benedict’s (Newark, NJ) as a sophomore, leading the team to the Prep A title.
Duval then transferred to API (Dallas, TX) where he played his junior season alongside top recruits Terrance Ferguson (Australia NBL) and No. 17 Sr. and Kansas commit Billy Preston.
He also had a great spring and summer on the Under Armour circuit last season, averaging 15.9 points, 3.9 rebounds, 4.9 assists, and 2 steals a game for WE R1.
Duval also poured in 25 points with 7 assists to lead Team Drive past Team Clutch 140-136 in OT at last August’s Under Armour Elite 24 showcase in Brooklyn.
Oklahoma Rivals loves the athletic Duval’s game.
“The Dallas star is almost unstoppable off-the-dribble, as he can break down a defense and penetrate the lane at will,” the analysis reads. “[He] possesses the explosion for ferocious dunks at the rim as well.”
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