Former SU point guard Brandon Triche is back in Central New York this weekend, playing in the Pass 'Da Rock One and Done Tournament.
Less than a week ago, Triche was battling against NBA hopefuls in the Las Vegas Summer League, but after a few days off, said he needed some exercise and to play some solid competition, which the annual tournament brings.
The tournament is put on by Pass 'Da Rock, a local non-profit organization, encouraging kids to be active while demonstrating good sportmanship. The annual tournament is a culmination of a monthly event focused on basketball featuring middle and high school aged kids.
More than one hundred current and former participants in Pass 'Da Rock will compete in the tournament this weekend, a tournament Triche says he always wanted to participate in.
"It's for a good cause," Triche, who played on the LBE Blazers team, says. "I would've done it all four years when I was in college, but I couldn't. I always wanted to play...it's an opportunity to play with guys you grew up with."
Triche played five games with the Charlotte Bobcats summer league team in Las Vegas, having some up and down outings. He had about 13 minutes per game of playing time, averaging 7.4 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. For an athlete who started every game in his SU career, playing just 13 minutes a game was one of the toughest transitions he said he had to make, calling it a motivating and learning process.
Triche actually played against former teammate James Southerland (playing for the Golden State Warriors) in Las Vegas, a battle that James Southerlan even tweeted about afterwards, saying, "That #awkwardmoment when you the only one clapping on your bench bc you don't realize that @Bswish20 (Brandon Triche) isn't on your team anymore #cusenation."
Triche also enjoyed the matchup...
"I was trying to guard him on every play," Triche said as he laughed. "It was good to see where my skills were at, I'm just happy for the opportunity to play extended minutes in that game, I played 18 minutes, and we both did well which is a good thing."
With the NBA Summer League schedule over, Triche now looks forward to the future. He says he'll probably get an invite to a vet camp, and says while he believes expectations might be low, he wants to surprise people and prove he can play with anyone. He also said he has some interest from teams overseas, who can also pay him good money, but there's still one prize on his mind.
"My ultimate goal is to play in the NBA," Triche says. "I'm willing to take that risk, just for my dream."