Pair of Valley juniors pick up first college offers
Published 9:00 am Friday, April 17, 2020
During the 2019-20 basketball season, rising senior forward Jacquez “Quez” Trammell had a breakout season, leading the Rams in scoring, rebounding, blocks and steals. On Tuesday, his hard work on and off the court paid off, as he received his first college offer from Coastal Alabama Community College.
“He’s maturing a lot,” Valley head coach Marshon Harper said. “Coming out of his ninth and tenth-grade years, he didn’t assert himself a lot, but this year he broke out. I think he became a better leader on the team this year.”
Trammell scored 18.2 points and grabbed 6.2 rebounds a game in his junior season. In talks with coaches, Trammell’s athleticism is a huge drawing point.
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“They’ve been telling me that they like my athleticism and the way that I play,” Trammell said.
Trammell is an extraordinary athlete. At 6-foot-4 he can jump over anyone to collect a rebound, throw down a dunk or block a shot. As a sophomore, he won the triple jump in 5A with his 46-08 leap.
“He’s got long arms and can jump out of the gym, so I think he’s been taking advantage of that,” Harper said. “He gets a lot of rebounds and blocks a lot of shots. When he gets to the rim, he finishes well. He can outjump everybody, so when he gets to the rim, he’s either going to dunk the ball or lay the ball in.”
In talking with different coaches, Trammell has been told he can be a leader that can take his team to another level. He showed that ability in various points of the 2019-20 season. In both games against Lanett, he was able to take over a half. He combined for 45 points and 24 rebounds in the two games.
“I was one at Valley, but I just wanted to go play,” Trammell said. “I try to lead by example more than being vocal.”
Harper agrees with Trammell, saying he took a lot of the younger players under his wing and showed them how to play in the Rams system.
During the offseason, Trammell plans on working on his ball-handling ability and to get more consistency in his jumper.
“This summer I’m going to work on my shooting and ball handling. They improved a little bit [from his sophomore season] but not too much, and free throws. I definitely need to work on those,” Trammell said.
Fellow Valley teammate and rising senior Demarrice Farrow also picked up his first college offer this week, as he picked up and offer from the Atlanta Warriors from the Southeast Athletic Conference.
Farrow was the Rams’ best 3-point shooter. He averaged 3.1 assists and 9.2 points a game, which was second and third on the team respectively.
Farrow’s nickname is money because he’s money from the outside. During the summer, Harper will open up the gym and allow players to come in and shoot. Some days Farrow would shoot 100 3-point attempts and make about 70% of his attempts.
“He’s a young player, but he can really shoot the ball,” Harper said. “I gave him the green light to shoot the ball at will because I know he’s such a good shooter.”
Valley was able to push the transition and find Farrow on the wings for open shots throughout the season.
The Rams, who were a young team without a ton of depth, are set return four of their five starters from the 2019-20 team and add a couple of younger players to the varsity squad next year, meaning the Rams will still be young in the 2020-21 season. Harper expects both Trammell and Farrow to be leaders and help the younger guys next year.
“I’m expecting big things out of [Farrow] and Quez. They will be seniors on the team, and I’m expecting them to be leaders on the team,” Harper said.