EAST BEND — Paris Trivette, a Forbush High School girl’s basketball athlete, signed her official letter of intent to attend Greensboro College and play basketball recently.
According to the college, officials been talking to Trivette and are happy of her selection to attend the school.
“Yes, we’ve been talking with Paris,” said Coach Randy Tuggle of Greensboro College. “She’s been accepted to the school.”
Trivette, now one of the senior leaders for the Forbush High School Falcons, said she wanted to make her decision where she was going to college before high school basketball season, so she could relax, have fun and finish out her senior year stress-free.
“I wanted to have it tied down so I can have a bit of fun this year,” said Trivette. “I used to play softball and volleyball. Basketball is not a game for me. That’s because it’s my passion. I love being on the court and live being physical.”
At the intent ceremony, Trivette expressed appreciation to God, her mom and dad, Coach Charlie Baldwin, Coach Kyle Hutchens, the Surry the Storm AAU Program, the Winston-Salem Stealers AAU Program, and Coach Bradley Shore.
“It makes me feel very proud of her. She was always a good kid, played hard all the time and liked to get it going,” said Charlie Baldwin, who was Trivette’s first coach on the rec team called Orange Crush. “I knew early on that she was meant to be a student of the game.”
Coach Keith Seivers of the Surry Storm travel basketball team expressed his excitement for Paris.
“When she first came, she would stumble through things, but she developed. I am happy to see her work hard and get to the next level. She was on the team that we took to the national championship, which is a testament of her ability and drive,” said Seivers.
Trivette arrived into Forbush High School as a junior. It was a welcomed addition to Coach Bradley Shore’s roster.
“She’s been a joy to coach. She is fierce on the court and always with a smile on her face. She has improved tremendously. She is not intimidated by anyone. You never have to tell her to get after it,” said Shore.
According to Trivette’s parents, Paris started playing basketball for the first time when she was 8 years old.
“Coach Baldwin was the first person who took an interest in Paris and asked her play post on his team. Paris was a head taller than everyone. Coach Baldwin asked her to run down the court, stand under the basket, catch the ball and just put it in the basket. That is exactly what Trivette did,” said mother Lynn Trivette.
After rec ball, Trivette’s parents began to realize just how much she loved the game, so they signed her up to start playing AAU with Surry Storm traveling girls’ basketball club in Mount Airy. In 2008, Trivette had the privilege of going to the AAU Nationals in New Haven, Conn., and the team finished in second place against California.
“If you are going to be competitive in high school, a travel team helps. You play year round,” said Thomas Trivette, Paris’ father. “You play against better talent and the kids understand what putting on a uniform takes. When Paris puts on number 33, she’s different. She doesn’t mind contact.”
According to the Paris, she started visiting colleges her junior year of high school. Trivette wanted the college to be small, within two hours and a place she could call home and feel comfortable. Trivette said it was like baking a cake, it was very important to find all the right ingredients. She visited six colleges narrowed her decision down to Greensboro College where she said her heart melted.
Paris indicated that she really was impressed with the campus’ Special Education Department and the way the basketball team and head coach treated her while she visited. Paris was invited to attend one of their open gyms and that day she really had a peaceful feeling on their court and knew that was the right choice for her.
“Greensboro is not too far from home, but just far enough where I can be myself and grow over the next four years,” Paris said.
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