Q&A with Trey Eckloff

Trey Eckloff became the first verbal commit to Colorado's 2008-09 basketball class. Inside, Eckloff talks about his game and why he committed to CU and head coach Jeff Bzdelik.

Trey Eckloff will be a senior at Cherry Creek High School this coming year. He recently verbally commited to play basketball at Colorado.

The 6-10 player is part of the Colorado Select all-star team that travels to Las Vegas for a tournament this weekend, then on to Los Angeles for another one.

BSN: When did you actually commit to Colorado?
Trey Eckloff
: Last weekend.

BSN: What is it about the program that made you want to commit?
: Obviously, watching Jeff Bzdelik with the Nuggets and with Air Force, I have faith that he will win. It's close to home. I'm going to know students up there, and I'm already familiar with some kids on the team. And, overall, compared to the other (schools that offered or showed interest), I thought it'd be the most comfortable fit for me.

BSN: Who do you know on the team?
: I've been playing with Levi Knutson for a while. And I've had the opportunity to play with some of the other guys, as well.

BSN: What other schools had offered you?
: New Mexico and Nebraska had actually offered. And most Ivy League schools said they could get me in.

BSN: You were teammates with Grant Parker. Have you talked to him about what it was like to play under Bzdelik at Air Force last year?
: I had recently spoken to him. I had gotten a feel from him about what it was like to play for Bzdelik. Grant said it was an honor playing for him. He said it's going to be different with a Big 12 school (than at Air Force). But he had only positive things to say about Bzdelik and his experience down there.

BSN: Tell me about your game.
: It kind of varies. In Colorado high school play, my height and size would say I'd say I should play in the post because that gives my team an advantage. I have, I feel, a pretty good post game. In high school, you'll probably see me posting up more. But when I get to tournaments or probably in college, I'm more of a mobile forward — shooting threes with a mid-range game. More Dirk Nowitzki style basketball.

BSN: How did you develop that outside game? Did you have a growth spurt, or were you always the tallest on your teams?
: I've actually always been tall. I've never had a big growth spurt, I've always been the tallest kid in my class. Growing up, I had a bunch of coaches tell me that even though I was tall now, there's a potential I wouldn't be the tallest person on my team so I might as well learn ball-handling. I've had coaches work with me with shooting drills. And my favorite NBA player is Dirk Nowitzki. So between what my coaches have taught me and kind of watching Nowitzki and people like him, I've developed my game.

BSN: Who else is on the Colorado Select team?
: We have a kid from Colorado Springs named Reggie Jackson. And then Dallas Elmore from Poudre High School. Trevor Noonan from Legacy High School. A couple kids from ThunderRidge, Zack Tiedgen and David Arnold. A kid from Monarch, Sabatino Chen, and a kid from Smokey Hill, Ryan Perry.

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