By Thomas Becker | Nov. 6, 2017
CHARLOTTETOWN - His path to the Island Storm may be unconventional, but as Trenity Burdine steps closer to his dream, he’s taking nothing for granted.
“It means a lot that the Storm reached out to me,” said the 26-year-old. “I love it on the Island and I plan to live here permanently and playing for the Storm is something I would love to do.”
As a rookie coming into the league, he may be older than some of his teammates and counterparts, but he’s accomplished a lot already and hopes to translate that success with the Storm.
After high school, the Reading Pennsylvania native, took his talents to Siena College to play for the NCAA Division I Saints before leaving to play for the Georgetown College Tigers of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
Following his Division I stints, Burdine took some time off from the sport to take care of personal matters before the Holland College brass recruited the six-foot-six forward. There, he flourished under Hurricanes head coach Josh Whitty in his only season (2016-17), averaging a team-high 19.1 points per game on 57.3 per cent shooting, including 41.7 per cent from deep and was named an Academic All-Canadian, CCAA All-Canadian and was also named a conference and league first-team all-star.
“Success is something you work for, it doesn’t just happen,” Burdine said. “I’ll continue to go hard and play basketball the way I know how and the success will carry itself.”
After discussing Burdine with Whitty, it only made sense for the Storm and head coach Tim Kendrick to take a chance on the young man.
“We’re very pleased to have Trenity join us at camp,” Kendrick said. “He was one of the best players in the nation at Holland College. And at six-foot-six, he’s long, athletic and can shoot the ball.”
One thing’s for certain, the kid doesn’t lack confidence. And it’s that type of attitude that could land him a spot on the roster.
“I feel I match up well with anyone who’s in front of me. I’ve played against tough competition and it has never been a problem before,” Burdine said. “I already played most of the people in this league, I just took a longer route to get here.”
With Tuesday fast approaching, the countdown until training camp begins as he finally gets his shot at making his pro dreams a reality.
“I can’t wait for this opportunity,” he said. “Let’s get to work.”
Burdine will be back at home when training camp opens at Holland College on Tuesday. The Storm first game will be played on Nov. 18 at Charlottetown's Eastlink Centre. Fans can puchase tickets by clicking here.