With basketball playoffs underway, one thing is certain, the 5A boy's bracket is wide open. Although favorites such as Denver East and others are out there, numerous teams have a shot if they play their best ball. One of the teams that could make a run for a title are the Bruins of Cherry Creek. At fifteen and eight, the Bruins were able to secure a #3 seed in the Glenn Wilson region. Of the eight losses the Bruins suffered this season, five were by two points. Along with the close games, the Bruins have wins against some of the state's best. Friday, Cherry Creek will tip off against Mitchell High School who beat Loveland 82-53 in the first round. With the opener looming, Cherry Creek star and CU bound Trey Eckloff took some time to talk about his team and their prospects in playoffs.
PrepColorado: What has Cherry Creek been doing well this season?
Trey Eckloff: "Typical Cherry Creek basketball, everything comes from our defense. Our solid D keeps us in games."
To make a run in playoffs what will your team need to do better?
"Play better as a team and get production from all our players. Just go deeper on our bench and get everyone to step up."
Who are some of the players on your squad who have been taking their game up a level recently?
"Mark Elliot and Ian Gammie have opened things up and are both a threat from the outside. Also, Nic Breen has been playing well."
What does Jack Elway bring to the team?
"Jack's athleticism. He could score the ball more if he wanted, but he is a defensive specialist."
Lets talk about your game, what do you need to concentrate on to help Cherry Creek in the playoffs.
"Pass the ball, keep the movement going. Spread the ball for the offense. I need to make a conscious effort to rebound the ball."
You made your decision to play at the University of Colorado pretty earlier, do you feel that was a benefit to you this season?
"Yes, it did help my season at Cherry Creek. Knowing where I would be going took the pressure off in regard to impressing other college coaches. I still wanted to impress, but it was for my teammates, coaches and the coaches at CU."
The 5A bracket looks to be wide open, who are some teams that could surprise people?
"Regis is very good and Mullen has been in this situation before and then made it a long way."
Who do you see as teams to beat?
"ThunderRidge and Poudre both could go very deep."
Who would be your All-State team?
Lets talk about CU, what do you need to do to get ready for Big 12 basketball?
"First, get stronger. Work on my speed, be consistent and work on my jump shot."
How do you fit into coach Bzdelik's system at Colorado?
"Coming from Cherry Creek I know how to play team ball and have the ability to find teammates. Also, the ability to play in the post and on the perimeter."
It is a busy week for Trey so we appreciate him taking the time to talk about his team and the playoffs. Along with a 6-10 player with multiple skills, the University of Colorado is getting in Trey a student athlete with a 3.9 GPA and the ability to be a leader both on and off the court.