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Sophomore Trevor Keels is set to handle the majority of the ball-handling duties for powerhouse Team Takeover, taking over the point guard reigns for highly-ranked junior veteran Jeremy Roach (247 No. 15) who is out for the season with a torn ACL.
Keels earned 2019 WCAC Player of the Year and VISAA All-State honors, two selections that are extremely impressive to pull off as an underclassman. Keels can do a bit of everything. He defends, attacks in the halfcourt, and can fill it up from the perimeter.
Keels will have a plethora of weapons at his disposal, and the 6-foot-4 point guard is at his best when he is distributing to his teammates.
We caught up with Takeover's young leader, addressing a variety of topics about his basketball career.
Q: You are playing up for one of the best 17U teams in the EYBL. What’s it like having this opportunity?
Trevor Keels: It’s a great opportunity. I’m very humble and thankful to be playing up with one of the best 17U EYBL teams in the world. It's something I’ve strived towards.
Team Takeover won the Peach Jam Championship last year. What needs to be done in order to accomplish that this year?
TK: Much respect to my older brothers for laying out a blueprint with that Peach Jam Championship Run. But this years team is a little different, we have to continue to believe in the TAKEOVER WAY which takes one game at a time and play for each other. They had an identity as a team and that’s what we have to establish heading into this EYBL season in order to make another run at the championship.
What does head coach Keith Stevens expect from you this season?
TK: Coach Stevens expects me to be who I’ve been all year in high school. A player who brings it on both ends of the floor, a winner.
What are people going to learn about you on the circuit this season?
TK: They're going to learn that I love to compete and take pride on the defensive end guarding the opponents best player.
How would you describe how you play the game?
I would describe my game as being versatile - a player who can play and guard many positions on the court.