Trevon Duval has certainly learned a valuable life lesson over the last few months: A lot can change in one year. 12 months ago the 6 foot 3 Duval arrived at Duke University as the No. 1 Ranked Point Guard in the Class of 2017 according to ESPN, and a lottery pick lock on a number of NBA mock drafts. Now, the 19 year old Duval is fighting and clawing for a spot on the Houston Rockets’ roster after a one-and-done season at Duke that saw him put up 10.3 points and 5.6 assists per game, followed by going un-drafted in June’s 2018 NBA Draft.
In a recent interview with AZCentral.com Duval stated “Everybody has different roads, different paths, My path is different and I’m going to make the best out of it.” Trevon has for sure taken a different path, his young but storied career has been marked by inconsistency but also flashes of brilliance. Duval played two years of high school basketball at St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, NJ, followed by pit stops at API in Texas and IMG Academy in Florida where he became an internet sensation and the top point guard in the country, thanks to his lightning quick crossover and jaw dropping dunks.
While leaving Duke University and entering the draft after his freshman season was a highly debated decision, Duval immediately made a splash on the NBA scene in Summer League play. Trevon’s rookie debut in Las Vegas saw him score 20 points in a win over the Indiana Pacers, followed by averaging 10 ppg in a 5 game stretch helping The Rockets finish Summer League with a 4-1 record.
The question now stands: What’s next for Trevon Duval? Will his summer league success be convincing enough for the Rockets to sign him, or will there be another stop along Duval’s “different path”?
JSZ looks back at Trevon Duval’s High School Highlights in New Jersey.