"Hang time" "Vertical leap" "Alley-Oop" "Slam Dunk" all hoop lingo used to describe the pivotal role that elevation plays in the game of basketball. Think how boring the game would be with zero aerial acrobatics (Snore). But thanks to long-ago revised rules, some of the game's most electrifying moments transpire in mid-air, when human bodies are elevated as high as 42 inches off the hardwood.
Central New Yorkers have had four years to watch one young man develop his game, and he's a natural when it comes to playing in the air. Elevation. That's what makes Brandon Triche such an exciting player to watch. Whether he's battling for an above-the-rim rebound, launching NBA three's, or leaping from the foul line to jam, this fella's got game! And what an "A" game it is! As his stellar high school career with the Jamesville-Dewitt Red Rams comes to a close, Triche eagerly anticipates and welcomes the opportunity to elevate his entire game to new heights in his next role as a player for the nationally-acclaimed Syracuse University's Men's Basketball program.
Most of us can recall our first encounter with sports. For me it was fielding grounders as a five-year-old off my semi-pro dad's bat at the northside diamond in Schiller Park. But for Brandon Triche, the timeline isn't quite so clear. He can't remember a time when he didn't have a basketball in his hands.
"I was born into it," he said.
His first exposure to team hoops came at age five when he participated in an inner city league called Y.E.O.P. (Youth Enrichment Opportunity Program). The nephew of Howard Triche (starting forward on S.U.'s 1987 NCAA Basketball finals team), Brandon's key mentors were his two older brothers, Michael and Melvin. Respectively eight and four years their younger, he'd tag along to nearby neighborhood courts at their invitation. Young and impressionable, the youngster learned a great deal by observing how his big brothers played the game with intelligence and skill.