Brisco’s strong offseason pays off

Sherando's Trey Brisco drives to the basket against Skyline on Dec. 12 in Front Royal. Brisco led the area in steals and helped the Warriors to an 18-5 record this season. Rich Cooley/Daily file

STEPHENS CITY — Trey Brisco wanted to make the most of his senior basketball season. The Sherando senior realized that would require a real commitment in the offseason.

Brisco’s dedication paid off and helped him and his teammates have a very strong season.

“In the summer and in the offseason I was mostly in the gym every day trying to get ready for the season,” Brisco said. “I really just put my mind to it, and get a better mindset that I wanted to be better and be way more productive than I was last year.”

Brisco said he worked out a lot with 2014 Sherando graduate and current Morgan State University basketball player Jeremiah Curtis, and that helped a lot.

He also played Amateur Athletic Union basketball for the Winchester Rising Stars, and said that helped a lot as well.

“It’s fun because you get to see new places, and of course you get to play against different people,” Brisco said. “It’s good to play against local people and you also get to team up with local teams and play against other people. So it’s good to measure yourself against everyone else that’s out there.”

Brisco, the Northern Virginia Daily’s 2015 Boys Basketball Player of the Year, had a stellar season on both sides of the ball.

He led the area in steals, averaging 2.3 per game, and averaged 12.1 points per game for the Warriors. He also averaged 5.1 rebounds per game and 2.9 assists per contest.

Brisco said he was a little surprised that he had as many steals and blocks (23) as he did, but he enjoys playing defense.

“I take a lot of pride in my defense,” Brisco said. “When I’m guarding the ball, I don’t want them to score on me. I like to slide my feet, but I also like to anticipate where they’re going to go. I’m good at anticipating passes, so I watch players’ eyes before they throw the ball.”

Sherando coach Garland Williams said that Brisco did a good job of using his defense to score points, and to try to get the easiest shot, instead of just settling for a 3-pointer or outside jumper.

Brisco played both at guard and forward for the Warriors. Sherando was a little under-sized this year, and Brisco led the team in rebounding.

Williams said Brisco’s versatility was key for the Warriors.

“We played him as one of our big guys, but for the most part he was a guard,” Williams said. “I think that gave some people problems, because he can do some posting but he can also handle the ball fairly well as a guard. That [created] some issues with people that we played. Also, his length and his quickness is deceptive. A lot of people think, ‘Oh he’s tall, he’s not that quick,’ but he’s fairly quick for his height and size.”

Brisco said he learned a lot from his older brother, Jalen, who graduated from Sherando several years ago. Jalen Brisco played basketball and football for the Warriors. Trey said playing against Jalen helped make him better.

“I look up to him a lot. He taught me a lot, ever since I was young growing up,” Trey Brisco said. “When I was little he used to beat me and I didn’t like that, so I just tried to get better. Now I think I can hold my own against him and beat him.

“I’m much better than him now,” he added with a laugh.

Trey Brisco and his teammates had a very strong season. The Warriors lost a lot to graduation, but Brisco and the four other seniors made sure it was one to remember.

The Warriors finished 18-5, losing in the Conference 21 semifinals to Woodgrove. The senior class had a lot to do with that success. They didn’t have a lot of varsity experience coming into the season, but showed what can happen when a team works together.

“We’ve been playing together all four years and we really built a bond with each other,” Brisco said of the seniors. “It was great to do well our last year here. Hopefully, we’ll all be successful later in life.”

Brisco said he plans on playing basketball in college, but he hasn’t decided where yet.

One thing Brisco certainly learned this past year was hard work in the offseason can lead to strong results, and he said he plans to carry that over into college.

“I already started working in the offseason, and hopefully I can be good at college, too, just like high school,” Brisco said. “High school’s over now, college is much faster, more people, they’re bigger, stronger. So I just have to better myself, so I can play with them.”

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com