The past year and a half has been a major breakthrough period for Tylor Trinh's rapidly-improving status as a collegiate basketball prospect.
As a junior for the Monarch boys basketball team last season, Trinh averaged a team-high 16.5 points per game while shooting 37 percent from behind the 3-point arc amidst what turned out to be a breakout campaign for the young guard. Much to his excitement, all the work Trinh has put in on the court and in the classroom has paid off.
Last week, Trinh verbally committed to the Colorado School of Mines.
"I actually went to their team camp and coach (Pryor) Orser liked me," Trinh said. "He met my parents and we all agreed that Mines was where I'd fit best. Now I can enjoy my summer a little bit but that doesn't mean I step it down and not play my butt off. I need to keep improving my game throughout the summer so I can be ready in the winter and be ready for the next level."
Trinh is spending the summer playing for the Colorado Chaos basketball club. At the Colorado Invitational Camp, hosted by the Chaos, Trinh was named to the all-event team, the all-defense team and was among with camp's leading scorers with a 12.0 average. After traveling to showcase events during the school year in the spring, Trinh and the Chaos have more trips to Los Angeles, Wichita and Las Vegas still on the schedule for the summer.
Even as rigorous as the summer circuit seems for a player who's already figured out such a major piece of his future, Trinh still feels like he has a lot of work to do.
"Since I'm undersized, I'll probably be playing point guard," Trinh said. "So I'll just work on my ball-handling a lot. He said the shot is good and I can defend well, I just need to work on the ball-handling piece if I'm going to play that position, and to get my jump shot off a little quicker."
With the Coyotes getting a new coach in Stewart Brewer, who Trinh says allows him to play both shooting guard and point guard, the Coyotes senior should get even more time to hone the skills he needs to succeed in college. And as a member of a Coyotes team that graduated just two seniors from last year's 12-12 (8-4 Front Range League) squad, Trinh feels pretty confident that his final prep season will also be a successful one.
"We have a bunch of combo players," Trinh said. "A bunch of guys who are about my size who can play multiple positions, handle the ball and shoot. We haven't had our full squad throughout the summer but when we do, I think we'll be pretty good."