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.”
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