Singleton leading the way for Hoggard
Mon. January 07, 2013 at 2:04 p.m. | By Powell Latimer | StarNews Staff Writer
Hoggard's Trevor Singleton (31) drives down court under pressure from Pamlico at home Dec. 12. (Photo by Photo by Mike Spencer)
In December 2010, Hoggard High School boys basketball coach Brett Queen needed an extra piece for his puzzle. The Vikings were talented, but needed size in the low post to compete in a tough Mideastern Conference.
Queen turned to a lanky, 6-foot-3 freshman forward with short dreadlocks named Trevor Singleton. The results were apparent – Hoggard won the Mideastern Conference Tournament and Singleton showcased a boatload of potential.
Two years later, Singleton's potential is becoming reality. He's grown from a 6-foot-3 complementary piece to a 6-foot-6 focal point for Hoggard, terrorizing opposing defenses with ruthlessly efficient play.
Through 11 games, Singleton is averaging 19.2 points per game and shooting a blistering 63.9 percent. He hauls in 9.3 rebounds per game, including 3.4 offensive boards.
"I love it," Singleton said. "I've looked up to some big players here and I'm glad to be that guy. Who wouldn't want to be the guy? I'm glad I am. I worked hard, and have been doing this a long time."
Singleton's confidence comes from two varsity seasons under his belt. Each year, he's taken on a larger slice of responsibility. Queen said that's been by design, especially on a young Hoggard team.
"Trevor is the most experienced guy on our team even though he's a junior," Queen said. "We've added more to his plate each year as he's been ready for it and I think that's part of why he's been able to be successful. We haven't asked him to do more than he's capable of doing."
There's plenty of evidence to suggest that Singleton is still growing on the job: In recent games, Singleton has showcased a strong passing game. In the last four contests, Singleton is averaging 3.5 assists – playing center.
"Our guys know that we're going to be better with the ball running through Trevor," Queen said. "But he's so unselfish that that doesn't cause problems. You can't complain when a kid is leading you in scoring but he's also getting five assists and leading your team in assists."
Singleton knows he'll need to continue to improve. At 6-foot-6, he's plenty big enough to be a high school post player, but at the college level, he'd be undersized for the post unless he grows. That hasn't stopped colleges, both big and small, from showing interest – Winthrop, UNCW and Stanford have all called – but where Singleton fits in at the next level is still up in the air.
Singleton has tried to provide answers on both fronts. In the Leon Brogden Holiday Tournament, Singleton drained a pull-up 3-pointer in transition during the team's semifinal win over Ashbrook.
Against Hoke County in the title game, Singleton faced off in the post against both 6-foot-5 Tarique Thompson and 6-foot-8 Rashad Parker. Singleton finished with 24 points and five offensive rebounds, while Thompson and Parker combined for nine points and nine fouls.
Regardless of where he ends up, Singleton knows there's plenty of time to impress college coaches.
"I hope I can progress more my senior year," Singleton said. "Just keep moving forward and keep getting better in this system."
For the moment, the focus remains on keeping the good vibes going for Hoggard – the Vikings have won five of their last seven games.
"We're looking far into the playoffs," Singleton said. "We definitely know for sure that we're going to put 2013 on that men's basketball conference championship banner. That's why we've had a tough schedule: to get us ready for tough situations in the playoffs."
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