Update (11/3/2015): Trevor Stanback has committed to Stanford
Trevor Stanback, a 6-foot-10-inch, 215-pound traditional center, has been a force in high school basketball since he helped to lead the Chaminade (West Hills) Eagles varsity basketball team to a 2014 CIF Division III state championship as a sophomore. For most families, Stanback’s achievement would be unbelievable, but in Trevor’s family, state championships are as common as participation certificates. Chace Stanback, the former UCLA and UNLV standout, blazed the trail for Stanback stardom in high school basketball after leading the Fairfax Lions to a Division 1A state championship. The day after the Chaminade boys varsity team took home their title, Trevor’s sister, Devin, a current standout at Pepperdine, led the girls varsity team to a CIF Division II state championships. Even with his siblings sharing the spotlight, Trevor is still able to appreciate the rush of reaching the status of champion.
“It’s an unbelievable feeling,” said Stanback on the 2014 title. “Just knowing that all your hard work pre-season, during season, paid off.”
Now going into his senior year, the 17-year-old Stanback has eight Division 1 offers from schools including UConn, USC, NC State, Oregon and San Diego State. After his sophomore season, Stanback transferred in order to play at Maranatha High School in Pasadena, California, where he would join forces with four-star Oregon-bound guard Tyler Dorsey. For Stanback, the move was far from a no-brain decision.
“Leaving all my friends, and being at a new school with expectations, it was hard, but I had to realize I had to do what’s best for me and my career,” said Stanback.
To make the transition even more difficult, Stanback had to sit out his entire junior season due to a medical condition. Stanback was diagnosed with a swelling in the joints of his chest, enough to raise concern for any up and coming player wary of stories like that of Hank Gathers, who collapsed and died during an LMU basketball game due to a heart condition. Now fully cleared to play, Stanback remembers being diagnosed as an extremely frustrating experience.
“It was just hard because I put so much work in during the summer and pre-season and not to play,” said Stanback. “I’m coming into my last two years of high school, and I just wanted to prove to everybody that I was a good player and that this was the right move.”
Stanback will be looking to use his senior season to prove once and for all that his transfer was, in fact, the correct decision. As one of the few seniors on his team, he recognizes that it is time for him to step up as a leader despite not having been able to play last year. At 6’10” with a 7-foot wingspan, Stanback is a defensive powerhouse, with uncanny shot-blocking instincts and the physique to turn those instincts into results. Comparison wise, Stanback sees himself as a Tim Duncan type player due to a combination of his fundamentals and traditional post play.
“A lot of the big people now want to go shoot threes and play outside on the perimeter,” said Stanback. “I started off in the post, and that kind of helped pave the way for how I play now.”
That type of play, fundamentally sound and post-savvy, had college coaches interested in Stanback before his real high school career began. To Stanback’s delight, an unexpected Division 1 offer came his way via USC after his first ever summer league game.
““I was definitely surprised, it was my first game coming to summer league, and having them recognize me that early and offer me gave me a lot of hope and confidence seeing as it was my freshman year,” said Stanback.
For Stanback, USC seeing something in him while he was still so young with ample room to mature as a player still means a lot to him.
“They saw something in me early that I didn’t think I would see in myself until later on in my high school career,” said Stanback.
More and more programs began to recognize the unconventional talents of Stanback as his high school career evolved. At one of the most recognizable programs to offer him, Stanback credits coach Kevin Ollie of UConn as being a “great guy” based on the times they have talked. In terms of making a college decision, Stanback has the right people in his camp. His brother, Chace, who transferred to UNLV after a start at UCLA, has offered sage words of advice that have allowed Trevor to learn key facts about the process.
“You really got to research and pick the right one,” said Stanback on his college search. “Then, just stay clear of all the distractions that can prohibit you from where you’re trying to go.”
Stanback insists that “academics have to be top notch” at whatever school he decides to make his final choice. He hopes to major in psychology, so a school with a prominent program in the field would definitely be a plus for Stanback. When asked about any goals for his upcoming senior year, Stanback didn’t have many specifics, but he was quick to respond to whether or not another state championship was on his mind.
“Yeah, definitely, that’s definitely on my list,” said Stanback.