Following a season that saw him earn All-State honors, Mercer County guard Trevon Faulkner has seen his stock rise during the recent evaluation period.
Playing with 22 Vision at the Dallas, Tex., Adidas Gaunlet in April, Faulkner displayed a talent that is certain to attract college coaches from throughout the region.
The 6-foot-4 guard played in eight games, starting six, during the event and averaged 10.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists. He connected on 46 percent from the floor and 91 (19-21) percent from the free throw line.
His play resulted in a scholarship offer from including Western Kentucky, with Louisiana Lafayette, Middle Tennessee, Northern Kentucky and Wright State also doing the same.
Kurt Young, who coached Faulkner at Mercer County last season, isn't surprised by the recent uptick in college coaches making inquiries.
"I think being able to play with 22 Vision has really helped his profile," Young said. "That's given him an opportunity to go out there and be seen. I think the main thing with Trevon is exposure. We knew how good he was and we try to tell everyone that he's truly going to get better in college and I think he's going to be a real steal for somebody."
Playing on the same AAU squad as Romeo Langford, rated as the No. 3 player in the 2018 class by Scout.com, has helped elevate Faulkner's visibility. With dozens of college coaches watching the nation's No. 1 rated shooting guard, Faulkner has grabbed their attention.
"He played pretty special in Dallas," Young said. "He did some pretty good things. He's such an unselfish kid. I think his skill set and the things that he does really lends itself to the college level, more so than the high school level to be honest.
"He's doing a great job of being aggressive, but not forcing shots. He's done a great job defensively."
Hilltoppers head coach Rick Stansbury was among the many watching in Dallas. While WKU kept tabs on Faulkner throughout the 2016-17 season, which saw him guide Mercer County to a third-straight district title while averaging 24.2 points and 11 rebounds per game, it was the showing at the adidas event that upped the program's interest.
Stansbury has met with Faulkner and his family since the April outing and continues to build a relationship.
"They've come in pretty hard and everybody has been impressed by him," Young said.
Faulkner will return to the adidas courts in July where he can anticipate college coaches stopping by the court to watch his play.
"His stock is going to continue to rise," Yound said, adding that "he has a good chance" to land offers from programs from the American, ACC, Conference USA, Missouri Valley and SEC programs in the "near future."
A two-sport star, Faulkner also plays in the secondary for the Mercer County football team and is drawing interest from a number of programs for his efforts on the gridiron.