For some reason, guys who lack the ideal height to play the wing guard position go out of their way to point out they are combo guards because they can play the point as well. Sometimes they are correct, sometimes they aren’t. If he were to make that argument, Tre'Von Willis might be able to plead his case.
However, the 6-3 junior from Fresno (CA) Washington Union is much more dangerous as a scorer than as a point and he’s got no problems with that.
“I actually kind of prefer playing the two,” Willis told Phog.net. “I’m able to run the point and depending on who we’re playing I will, but I’d rather be on the wing where I can do what I do best.”
What Willis does best is score, and he does it in a variety of ways. He’s got an explosive first step and is capable of getting to the rim in a hurry and can finish over much bigger players thanks to his athleticism. From downtown he’s gone from streaky, to pretty reliable but he’s looking to add to his shooting in order to become more dangerous.
He’s also capable of making plays and reports that he is averaging a triple double -- 25 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists -- during his team’s 15-4 start.
“Right now driving to the hole is what I do best, that’s what I’ve been doing most of my life,” said Willis. “I like to kick and create for others if I get cut off. I need to do more drives and then step back for jumpers and shoot more two dribble pull-ups.”
As one might expect, plenty of schools have come calling on Willis and he hasn’t even come close to narrowing down his list or forming favorites.
“I think my mother would prefer I stay closer to home because she doesn’t like to fly, but my dad likes to fly so he really wants me to look around. I don’t really have an opinion one way or the other.
He’s gotten some attention from the Kansas staff, but Willis isn’t entirely sure about Kansas’ feelings for him.
“I like Kansas and they send me lots of stuff and keep in touch,” said Willis. “They saw me in the summer, I’m not sure if they’ve been out to watch this year because it is hard to see everybody who is watching in the stands.”
After struggling early in high school with his academics, Willis has turned things around in the classroom and is doing well. He’ll take the SAT for the first time in May but feels confident that he’ll do well after recently scoring a 1,030 on the PSAT.
Willis has stood out on the summer circuit as well where he plays on the absolutely loaded Fresno based EBO squad. He’s looking forward to getting out this summer and showing what he and teammates like Brook and Robin Lopez, Quincy Pondexter, Derrick Jasper and others are made of.
“I set high expectations for myself and want to achieve them,” said Willis. “With everybody that we’ve got coming back we’re kind of going to be the team to beat, I’m looking forward to it.”