SYRACUSE – Syracuse senior Trevor Brinkman told News Channel Nebraska’s Hunter Arterburn he should be back on the basketball court by the end of January after suffering a season-ending knee injury during the football season.
He is a man of his word…and so are his doctors. The 5’10” point guard will make his season debut when the Syracuse boys basketball team (7-5) travels to Ashland-Greenwood High School to play the Bluejays (2-10) on Friday.
Head coach Mark Hrabik says Brinkman was in the starting lineup last season and played as much as a starter during his sophomore year.
“It gives us that sense of experience. It gives us another shooter, a great shooter. Trevor is a very good shooter from the three-point line. And another ball handler. He was slated to probably be our point guard.”
Brinkman averaged eight points per game last winter, while dishing out three assists.
His injury forced junior Ben Nannen into the point guard role and he has done a great job with it, according to Hrabik. He thinks the move has helped Nannen develop his game with ball handling and sharing the ball. The 6’2″ guard currently leads the team in scoring at 16.1 points per game. He also averages 3.9 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 3.3 steals.
Hrabik says the mind-set is to have Brinkman near full-strength by the time the basketball postseason approaches. He plans to play him in each quarter of their two games this week and then play it by ear on how he feels after the weekend.
The Rockets and Bluejays will tip-off around 8 p.m. and the game will be carried on Today’s Best Country, B103 (103.1 FM, b103.fm).
Syracuse at Ashland-Greenwood
When: Girls: 6 p.m. / Boys: 8 p.m. Friday
Where: Ashland-Greenwood High School
Radio: 103.1 FM, b103.fm