With more than 1,000 career points and three great seasons of basketball, senior Trevor Woodland has made his mark on Leopards athletics.
Woodland was selected twice for Second Team All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, and joined the 1,000 point club. It is no wonder why Woodland has stood out amongst the rest; however, it wasn’t always that simple.
“I was in a care youth league where you play all sports,” Woodland said. “I dropped everything for basketball.”
Basketball had always been in the works for Woodland. The 6’5 shooting guard started off playing in a care youth league while his dad coached him and his team.Woodland’s talent poses the assumption that when he dropped all other sports for basketball, it was for his love of the game.
In Woodland’s case, it was simply to stay alongside his friends who were shifting toward basketball as their main sport.
This simple decision inadvertently lent itself to bigger and better things for this one-of-a-kind athlete.
The former Damien High School player started out on junior varsity and steadily made his way to varsity.
Woodland jokingly admitted that his high school coach wanted him to move down to junior varsity his senior year but instead, Woodland chose to warm the varsity bench rather than to downgrade.
With such an unusual transition, it’s hard to believe how successful Woodland’s career has been with the Leopards.
“I guess you can say I’m kind of a late bloomer,” Woodland said.
Even with the Leopards, Woodland did not play his freshman year, which posed an even bigger challenge at being able to achieve the 1,000 point club. Woodland never gave up and played to the best of his ability.
“He wasn’t too worried about making the mark,” junior point guard Jake Vieth said. “He just wanted to win.”
Despite his individual success, it didn’t much matter to Woodland, his focus was how the team was doing.
“People were mentioning it to me, but I didn’t want to think about it too much,” Woodland said. “It wasn’t that exciting because our team was losing but it was a great accomplishment.”
“He’s a team player even though it was tough this season,” sophomore guard Brett Stephan said.
A season of injuries hurt this year’s group, yet Woodland stayed positive to how the Leopards worked well with each other.
“It was a great experience,” Woodland said. “I think our team in the SCIAC is the closest with each other—we do so much outside of playing basketball.”
Although Woodland’s college basketball career is coming to an end, the business administration major doesn’t want to settle down just yet.
He has already begun planning a trip to Europe in May for some extensive basketball playing. Woodland wants to keep playing overseas for however long he can and he has just the person to help him.
“Coach (Richard) Reed is going to help me with everything,” Woodland said. “The trip to Europe will be to get some exposure.”
There is no doubt that Trevor Woodland has a great basketball future ahead of him. Unlike most college graduates who flock the job market, Woodland is sticking with his passion and simply playing basketball.
Shelby Nelson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.