In the heart of football season, Grand Valley basketball doesn't always get a lot of attention. GVSU is widely known as a football school, but after an Elite Eight appearance a year ago, there are many people out there who foresee the basketball team making a rise similar to what the football team did several years back. One of those people is Jenison High point guard Wes Trammell, who verbally committed to the Lakers this week.
"I definitely see that," Trammell said of the growth of the program, "With the caliber of players we're getting, I don't see any reason why we can't compete for a championship every year. We just have to work hard to get there."
Trammell, who was also being recruited by Central Michigan, Saginaw Valley State, Cornerstone and Hillsdale, averaged 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists a game as a junior. His decision to come to Grand Valley was based largely on the comfort he had with the program, especially with brother Pete, a senior at GVSU there to give him the lowdown on life in Allendale.
"GVSU is just an all around great school," he said, "They have great academics and athletics. I love the campus and it's real close to home. They can compete for a title every year and those are the things that attracted me so much," as for his brother's influence, Wes said, "It was a pretty big factor. He always told me how fun the school was, how much fun it was with his teammates, and all the success that they are having. It'll definitely help having him there when I'm going through a rough time. I know he'll be there to help me through it."
But, first things first, Trammell and his Jenison Wildcats have a season to and they are one of the top teams in West Michigan. Focusing on the season and not having to deal with the hassles of recruiting were big reasons he decided to make his choice now.
"I'm glad I got it out of the way," he reported, "Now there isn't so much pressure. I can just go out and play without worrying about any scouts there to watch me. So I'm just going to focus on the team and try to have a great season. I want to 3-peat the conference title, win another district title, and at least win my first regional championship."
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