Montgomery makes his mark at Samford University

Life for Trey Montgomery has changed tremendously since he left the halls of Destrehan High School in May of 2005. His first year at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama gave him a better opportunity to see what life will require from him to be successful.

“I had a real life experience, learning to do a better job of managing my time and not having someone to constantly remind me of my responsibilities,” said Montgomery.

Excited about receiving a full athletic scholarship with a Division I University, Trey’s excitement was put on hold when he had a major injury last summer.  In July of 2005, Trey tore his ACL in his left knee during a basketball game.

Returning to the university in August of 2005, Trey was physically unable to play.  He was red –shirted due to the injury but stayed in close connection with the team, attending all team meetings, practices and most games.  Having surgery in September of 2005, Trey started the road to recovery. He completed extensive rehabilitation which included muscle building, strengthening and reconditioning.

Playing point and shooting guard at Destrehan High where he averaged 13.2 points, Trey is looking forward to playing point guard this year at Samford University.  “I am really excited about playing against great teams like University of Florida, who won the national championship last year, as well as University of Arizona, University of Ohio and of course LSU,” said Trey.   “Playing against good players brings out the best in me. I am always looking for ways to improve my game.”

“Playing college ball is a step up from high school ball,” said Trey.  “You are expected to learn more in less time. Everything is a quicker pace. One thing that I really notice is that everybody is good on the court,” said Trey.
The college experience for Trey has made him see the importance of having good work ethics both on and off the court.  “You can’t just go out on the floor and go through the motion,” reflects Trey.  “You are expected to give 100% all the time, even when you don’t feel like it, you have to play at your optimal level.”

“I have had the opportunity to bond with my teammates which have become like my brothers,” said Trey. “It has made me a better player.” Through his practices Trey has been able to improve on what he felt to be an area that needed improvement.  “I have always been able to handle the ball and be a good leader on the court,” said Trey.  “However, I really needed to strengthen my shooting skill.”  “With my teammates and my coaches working with me I have improved my 3 point shot.”  At every practice, Trey completes a series of 500 3 pointers, 200 mid range shots and 100 free throws.

Majoring in Physical Theraphy, Trey ended his first year with a 3.0 grade point average.  His goal is to have a 3.7 grade point average at the end of his sophomore year.  He hopes like every other player who enjoys the game to play professional ball one day.  However, if for some reason he doesn’t he will still work in the sports industry.  “I have learned not to put all your eggs in one basket,” said Trey.   “Of course, I would love to play the game, but if not, I will always be around it somehow.”


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