OGDENSBURG Being an NCAA Division I college athlete isnt easy according to four-year Syracuse University starting guard Brandon Triche.
Its stressful, said the 6-foot-4 210-pound Triche on Wednesday, addressing the players at the second session of the No-Nonsense Basketball Camp at Ogdensburg Free Academy, which is directed by OFA coaches Mark Henry and Scott Sargent.
College athletics takes a lot of time and energy, said Triche, who has been a coach and instructor at the camp on-and-off for the past three years. He practices what he preaches by doing the drills with the participants.
From the first time I stepped on campus my freshman year, it was a struggle to juggle both academics and athletics, he said. I started taking courses in the summer after my senior year of high school. And I took courses during the summer after every season, so during the season, I didnt have to take five to six classes. I was a B student.
Triche touched on several other basketball topics including: Syracuses run to the 2013 Final Four, what teams specialize on in facing zone defenses, his scholastic background growing up in Syracuse, and playing at Jamesville-DeWitt for Canton native Bob McKenney.
This is Brandons third time working No-Nonsense Camp, Henry said. Obviously he is a great addition to our staff because Brandon is the epitome of what our camp is about. He is a smart player who is very fundamentally sound. Brandon plays the game the right way. Brandon shows what hard work can accomplish and he does a fantastic job instructing the players at this camp.
Triche, who helped Syracuse into the Final Four last season and started every game during his Orange career, is seeking a pro career in the NBA. During his four year tenure at SU, which included four NCAA Tournament appearances, Triche is the only player with a 120 wins as a starter (123-26). He averaged 13.6 points per game (544 points), 3.4 rebounds per game (137), 3.6 assists per game (144), 1.3 steals (50) and only 2.7 turnovers per game his senior year.
Last week, Triche played in the Summer NBA Developmental League in Las Vegas with the Charlotte Bobcats as a undrafted free agent. He averaged 7.4 points in 12.8 minutes per game on a 16-player squad.
We played six games and I didnt get a lot of time but I did what I was able to do in the 12-13 minutes I played each game, Triche said.
At the summer camp, It was nice to play for Charlotte but I was playing for every other team in the NBA, too, he added. Everyone else was able to see me and hopefully I impressed some teams like Charlotte. I will pretty much find out in the next few weeks or month what my next step and direction is. Basically, Ive been working hard in front of teams and on my own ever since school ended.
Triche sees an opportunity to make it on Charlottes roster. The Bobcats drafted only one player last month in Indianas Cody Zeller with the No. 4 overall pick.
The Bobcats have guards Ben Gordon, Gerald Henderson, Ramon Sessions, Jeff Taylor, and Kemba Walker under contract.
Triche was impressed with the atmosphere at the No Nonsense Camp where he was part of a staff working 160 aspiring high school players.
Camp has been great this week here. Every kid is working hard. Ive never been to a camp which stresses fundamentals and drills over game play, he said. Its kind of unique. Back when I was a kid, I might have thought it was boring. But you need the skills first.