In Trevor Foreman, Evans High School basketball coach Kevin Kenny has the ideal role model for the rest of his Knights.
"I'd have to say that he's one of the best defensive players in the CSRA," Kenny said. "When they see him make a steal or a good defensive play, everybody else wants to elevate their game defensively."
A quiet leader, the senior can score in half-court sets when his team needs it, even if his natural tendencies are to get others involved from the guard position.
When the need to scores arises, Foreman says he feels most comfortable "driving to the basket."
"Nobody has ever stopped me going to the basket, consistently. Never."
Most of the times when he's driving toward the basket, it's on the fast break.
The majority of Foreman's points come off transition layups after steals in Evans' up-tempo, defense-to-offense style.
"I love defense," he stressed. "I'm not an offensive player. All of my points come off hustle and defense and that type of stuff. When I get my points, most of the time it's just working off the ball, screening, teamwork kind of stuff."
At a shade less than 6 feet, Foreman is among the size-challenged Knights' leading rebounders. It's a testament to his ruggedness.
"He's a tough kid," Kenny said. "He's not afraid to go in there and battle. He's physically tough, and he's mentally tough.
"You couldn't ask for better character."
While he's a basketball player at heart, Foreman also exceeded expectations on the football field this past season.
Much like his willingness to give up his body while grabbing rebounds, Foreman didn't fear going over the middle to catch passes as a receiver. He also played cornerback, providing leadership on both sides of the ball.
"It just gets me more aggressive," Foreman said of football. "When they throw the ball up, I like to go get it, and that goes the same for basketball.
"As a defensive player, I see it and I just go attack the offensive player."
Foreman's greatest asset might be his steadiness. It helps his teammates keep an even keel, even during the latter stages of a tight game.
"His demeanor stays the same; he doesn't get too high or too low," Kenny said. "There's no rattling him."
An unsung, quiet player appreciates the nuances of the game that might get overlooked. The best example in Foreman's case is that he's far and away the Knights' leader in charges taken.
"He's not afraid to sacrifice his body," Kenny said.
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