By NBA royalty bloodlines alone, Miami Ransom Everglades star 6-9 forward Trey Mourning had a head start in his basketball career.
From his high-motor play, serious on-court demeanor, ferocious shot-blocking and high-stepping stride, Trey appears to be a carbon copy of his father, eight-time NBA All-Star and NBA champion Alonzo Mourning.
As valuable as those shared physical attributes are, Trey said his rise to being an elite player without his father, a current Heat executive, allowed his son to forge his own identity.
“I appreciate how my dad cared from a distance,’’ Trey Mourning said. “He didn’t want to force anything on me. He wanted me to love the game because I love the game. Whatever I was passionate about, he supported me doing whatever I loved. He gave me that space to grow as a person and as a man.”
Trey Mourning, who practically grew up in the Miami Heat locker room as his father chased an NBA championship, will be the marquee attraction at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Stop the Violence Classic at Ransom Everglades this weekend.
Despite the loss of four starters from a Raiders team that made it to the state semifinals last season, Trey has kept Ransom (12-7) in the Class 4A state title picture by averaging a career-high 34.3 points, 10 rebounds and 3.1 blocks.
Class 2A No. 5 Deerfield Beach Zion Lutheran will have the first shot against Trey — a Georgetown, Stanford and Alabama target — on Friday at 8 p.m.
Two-time defending Class 6A state champion Miami Norland will offer its notoriously stingy defense against Mourning on Monday at 8:30.
Against archrival Gulliver on Saturday, Mourning displayed the poise under pressure Ransom coach Claude Grubair raves about by leading the Raiders back from an 18-point deficit.
Mourning followed up a career-high 52-point, 22-rebound, 12-block performance against LaSalle by pouring in 22 fourth-quarter points to help the Raiders rally past Gulliver 59-56.
During the comeback, Trey displayed a shooting range out to the three-point line, which contrasts with the inside game of his father.
“Trey knew that people would be double- and triple-teaming him this season,’’ Grubair said. “It doesn’t affect him. His skill set shooting the ball is unique from any other big in the state. He plays nothing like his father, and you really have to credit his parents. Rather than putting pressure on Trey to follow in Alonzo’s footsteps, they wanted him to follow his own path.”
Trey said the pickup games with his father stopped three years ago and have been replaced with added time doing individual workouts.
When he’s not in the gym, Trey said he studies vintage footage of Hakeem Olajuwon and contemporary stars Kevin Love, Jabari Parker and Doug McDermott to add to his game.
“The comparisons to my dad are not going to go away as long as I play high school ball and, God-willing, in the NBA one day,’’ Trey said. “The biggest thing I got from my dad was to have fun and compete. I just love playing this game. The love just keeps on growing. I love the competition. Just beating people. Winning is fun.”
• District 15-3A Final: American Heritage 4, Archbishop McCarthy 0: Melanie Monteagudo 4 goals. Angel Breedlove assist. Bella DeAmalgo assist. Zandy Soree assist. Ashley Loeza assist. AH 24-0-1. AMC 22-3-1.
• District 15-4A Final: Pembroke Pines Charter 5, South Broward 0: Samantha Toridio 2 goals. Mya Goodman goal, 3 assists. Courtney Zaher goal. Cheyenne Hart goal. Patricia Yourdan shutout. First girls’ soccer district championship in school history. PPC 16-5-1.
• District 13-5A Final: St. Thomas Aquinas 1, Cypress Bay 0: Shannon Turner goal. Bella Martinez assist. Abby Pangallo 6 saves, shutout. STA 15-3-2.
• District 14-2A Final: North Broward 2, Pine Crest 1: Rachel Blow goal. Adrianna Dubay game-winning goal. Emma Dineen assist. Sam Susi 11 saves. NB 17-3-2.
• District 12-5A Final: Douglas 2, West Boca 1.
• Pine Crest 2, Columbus 1: Jack Marchetto assist. Brandon Danzansky 2 goals.
• Archbishop McCarthy 3, University School 1: Andrew Booth goal. US 7-4-3.
• Late Wednesday — Blanche Ely 78, Monarch 47: BE (17-1): J. Floyd 27, T. Gosier 22, J. Heastie 17, T. Devers 4, M. Houston 3, C. Tavarez 3, S. Nesbitt 2. Rebounds: T. Gosier 13, J. Floyd 8, T. Devers 7. Steals: M. Houston 3, J. Floyd 3. Assists: J. Heastie 6, M. Houston 5. Blocks: T. Gosier 2, C. Anderson 2.
• Late Wednesday — Zion Lutheran 73, Pope John Paul 24: ZL (18-3): K. Battle 33, B. Battle 26, B. Litt 8, Henry 4, Rivera 2. PJP: Bialaks 12, Molico 2, Levine 4, Pack 6. Rebounds: B. Litt 11. Assists: B.Litt 7. Steals: B. Litt 10. Three-pointers: K. Battle 3, B. Battle 2.
• Late Tuesday — Cardinal Gibbons 63, Pompano 23: CG (11-8): Loeffler 13, Armstead 11, Williams 10, Gregos 9, Tumminello 7, Clifford 6, Jones 3, Cohen 2, Diaz 2. PB (0-18): Ferrell 12, Ferrer 5, Earland 3, Richard 2. Rebounds: Cohen 8, Jones 8. Assists: Gregos 3, Loeffler 3. Steals: Gregos 3, Armstead 3.
• Cardinal Gibbons 65.0, Cooper City 12.0: 106: Anthony Botta, CAGI, pinned Andres Carrasco, COCI, 0:00. 113: Kennedy Monday, CAGI, pinned Brent Pappas, COCI,0:00. 120: Dominic Gibson, CAGI, tech. fall Ray Troncoso, COCI, 0:00 17-2. 126: Sonny Picazio, CAGI, tech. fall Joshua Fernandez-Rubio, COCI, 0:00 18-1. 132: Jamel Morris, CAGI, pinned Shawn Green, COCI, 0:00. 138: Anthony vasquez, CAGI, pinned Samuel Mayes, COCI, 0:00. 145: Jamal Morris, CAGI, pinned Christian Pulliam, COCI, 0:00. 152: Alexander Lopouchanski, CAGI, pinned Sean Edelman, COCI, 0:00. 160: Eric Perez, COCI, pinned Julian Georgescu, CAGI, 0:00. 170: Nino Sannasardo, CAGI, pinned Marcus DelCastillo, COCI, 0:00. 182: Diego Bell, CAGI, dec. Connor Curran, COCI, 13-7. 195: Ryan Thomas, CAGI, maj. dec. Kerry Curran, COCI, 25-12. 220: Josef Macugoski, COCI, pinned Trevor Martin, CAGI, 0:00. 285: mathew Knick, CAGI, pinned Nick Guzman, COCI, 0:00.
• Late Tuesday — Cooper City 52.0, Chaminade-Madonna 24.0: 120: Ray Troncoso (CC) maj. dec. Daniel Rodriguez (CM) 9-1. 126: Joshua Fernandez-Rubio (CC) pinned Vincent Cabriola (CM), 2:00. 132: David Colatorti (CM) pinned Connor Jones (CC) 1:00. 138: Shawn Green (CC) dec. Tommy Seilkop (CM) 7-1. 145: Cody Short (CM) pinned Christian Pulliam (CC) 5:00. 152: Josh Herbert (CM) pinned Sean Edelman (CC) 3:00. 170: Will Herbert (CM) pinned Marcus DelCastillo (CC) 3:00. 182: Connor Curran (CC) pinned Jerrell Hobor (CM) 1:00. 220: Josef Macugoski (CC) dec. Patrick Fitzgerald (CM) 5-4. 285: Nick Guzman (CC) pinned Vinnie Cristafaro (CM) 1:00.
• Late Tuesday — Cooper City 58.0, Nova 12.0: 120: Ray Troncoso (CC) pinned Conner McCarthy (NOV) 0:30. 126: Joshua Fernandez-Rubio, (CC) dec. Alexander Guerra (NOV) 6-4. 132: Connor Jones (CC) dec. Samuel Mackey (NOV) 3-1. 138: Tyler Coken(NOV) pinned Shawn Green (CC) 2:15. 145: Zackary Shaw (NOV) pinned Christian Pulliam (CC) 1:41. 152: Sean Edelman (CC) pinned Mikhel Paterson (NOV) 3:00. 160: Eric Perez (CC) dec. Colin Tucker Jr. (NOV) 9-2. 182: Connor Curran (CC) pinned Deandre Thompson.