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Patience, hardwork pays off for Foreman

Posted: December 20, 2015 - 12:08am  |  Updated: December 20, 2015 - 12:27am
Augusta University's Trevor Foreman played for the Evans Knights as a senior in 2010-11.   Photo by Michael Holahan
Photo by Michael Holahan
Augusta University's Trevor Foreman played for the Evans Knights as a senior in 2010-11.

One of the biggest surprises in the young basketball season for Augusta University was the emergence this week of former Evans standout Trevor Foreman.

Don’t get me wrong, The 5-foot, 11-inch guard can play, but his collegiate highlights have been few and far between. As a matter of fact just getting in the game has been tough for the redshirt senior. As a senior at Evans in 2010-11 he led the Knights in scoring (17.6), rebounds (6.2), and led the entire CSRA in steals with 4.5 per game, however he received little college interest.

He chose to walk on at then-Augusta State. The life of a walk-on can be tough. Sure, you are a part of the team, but in most cases your highlights are reserved for practice. On top of that, Jaguars coach Dip Metress had built a Division II powerhouse. So, it has been no surprise has seen little playing time over his career. As a matter of fact, prior to this season Foreman has only played in 17 total games in a Jags uniform. Last season as a junior, he played in seven games and scored a grand total of six points. That is not to say Foreman was just going through the motions all this time. His job has been to make the first team work their tails off in practice, and that Foreman has done. Just as he did while at Evans, Foreman earned a reputation as a terrific defensive player. It was because of his hard work on the defensive end of the floor that Metress called his number in a recent home loss to Bowie State. He only played 10 minutes, but he managed to get two steals, grab a rebound, hand out an assist, and score one point in the 91-81 loss.

Metress rewarded Foreman’s effort with a starting role in Augusta’s home game this week versus Coastal Georgia. The move was likely as much a wake-up call to the young players as it was getting Foreman in the lineup, but what happened next no one could have predicted. Foreman transformed from and end of the bench walk-on to one of the team’s heroes in a hard fought home win. Sure, the Jags got a career high 43 points from All-American guard Keshun Sherrill, but without Foreman the Jaguars likely take a loss. Instead, Foreman scored a career high nine points, dished out five assists, and most importantly had six steals as AU came away with a 89-85 victory. Foreman was 3 for 3 from the field in 27 minutes of action. Not bad for a kid who had played only 40 total minutes his first three seasons and had four points, two steals, and one assist TOTAL for the season coming into the game.

Dip took a chance on Foreman when he came out of Evans five years ago, and took another chance on him by putting him in the starting lineup for the first time in his career this week. And Foreman did not let him down. Sure, he may get more playing time based on his solid play, and that would be great for Foreman. However, more importantly he should an extremely young team that if you do not work on the defensive end, you may find yourself on the bench, and that will pay huge dividends for this team for the test of the year.

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