As of Wednesday, January 3, 2018
MONMOUTH — Basketball has always held the key to Demetrius Trammell’s future.
“It was my way into college,” Trammell said. “I remember my dad telling me if I wanted to go, I needed a scholarship.”
Now in his senior year with Western Oregon University, Trammell is breaking out for the Wolves, helping them to what he hopes is a return to the NCAA Division II tournament.
Trammell’s high school team wasn't a winning program, but he earned a spot at Yakima Valley Community College.
He thrived as a catch-and-shoot specialist, averaging 17.6 points per game and shooting nearly 50 percent from beyond the arc. That drew the attention of WOU coach Jim Shaw.
Shaw’s willingness to get to know Trammell on a personal level sealed the deal.
“It was the consistency of his recruiting,” Trammell said. “He’d call me every day to see how I was doing. Some days, we didn't talk basketball at all. That was important to me.”
Trammell felt like he had a home at Western.
On the court, his junior season —his first in Monmouth — was a period of transition.
“Players are bigger, faster, and stronger,” Trammell said.
In addition, the Wolves’ gameplan for Trammell was more complicated.
“Here, I’m coming off screens and they're running plays for me, so I had to adjust to that,” Trammell said.
He showed flashes of his potential, but had an inconsistent season as a junior.
He’s appears to have remedied that this winter.
Trammell has seen increases in points per game, averaging a team-high 13. His shooting percentage (50 percent), 3-point percentage (49.3 percent) and free-throw percentage (96 percent) are all up from last season.
“I’m picking my spots better,” Trammell said. “I know where I’m supposed to be and where to shoot the ball in our offense. I have a better awareness of the system we’re running.”
Trammell is one of three players averaging more than 11 points per game and outscoring opponents by nearly 20 points per game. The Wolves entered the week ranked 14th in the NABC Division II poll.
Western Oregon played at Concordia Tuesday after press time and will host Montana State, Billings Saturday at 7:30 p.m. — the team’s first games in two weeks.
Trammell and the Wolves hope 2018 will bring even greater success than what they’ve seen so far.
“We want the championship,” Trammell said. “We want to run the table and show people we are the best team in the west and host the (West Region) tournament.”