Trent Hobson, a Michigan native and safeguard for the Grand Rapids Danger is our focus for our weekly Player Spotlight. Hobson has been a stand out on his team since high school and still drives to better himself and any team he is on. This is his first year with the Danger and has already set his sights on helping the team win a championship in their first season in the North American Basketball League. I talked to Trent to learn a little more about his background and his personal goals for the season.
Q: Tell me a little about your high school basketball career at Kalamazoo Central High School and your transition to college.
A: I was in the Michigan Elite 25 in high school, which is an elite camp with the best 25 players in Michigan from each grade. I was in the Elite 25 two years in a row as a sophomore and as a junior. I also was the MVP of the Michigan State basketball camp. That camp is where I met my future college coach. After that camp, he followed me throughout my high school career. I definitely knew in high school that I wanted to play in college. When I was a senior that coach recruited me for Kalamazoo Valley.
Q: What was your area of study at Kalamazoo Valley?
A: Psychology, I wanted to become a therapist for children and adults and help people with their problems.
Q: Do you currently work in that field?
A: I can still see myself working in that field, but right now my main focus is basketball. Getting into the gym every day and making it to the G- league.
Q: What did you do after college?
A: Right after my sophomore year ended in college, I had a friend in Spain that connected me with someone who ran an academy there. I went out there at the end of July last year and started in August with a contract playing basketball. I left because it wasn't enough to sustain my family. Plus, one of the worst parts about it was being homesick, it gets hard. On this team [the Danger] I can be home and be making more money.
Q: Tell me about your transition to the Danger. How did you hear about the team and what made you want to pursue signing with the Danger?
A: I had seen the Danger on facebook. I knew a couple of friends that played for them and asked them questions about the team prior to the tryouts. I asked them if the team was professional, how they liked it..etc.I also did research on the new league, the NABL, and decided to go to the tryouts. I made it on the team and decided to join.
Q: Was joining the Danger after playing in Spain a challenge for you? Was it a lot different than you thought it would be?
A: the only difference from Spain to here was the calls and rules. The travel call is different. In my opinion, the talent level was the same to me.
Q: Ok, a few background questions for you; first, what is your most memorable basketball moment?
A: Sophomore year of high school I scored 32 points in the first half of the championship game. I got injured the 3rd quarter and had to sit out, but I ended with 35 points overall.
Q: Do you have a pre-game ritual or routine?
A My pre-game ritual is before the National Anthem. I close my eyes and take 2 deep breaths. On the first breath, I tell myself this is the time I've been waiting for all day and all week. The second breath I tell myself it’s time to go and I open my eyes. My mom taught me that.
Q: Who is your favorite music artist/band?
A: Jada Kiss
Q: Who is your favorite athlete?
A: Dwayne Wade
Q: What is your favorite sports team to follow?
A: The Cavaliers
Q: Outside of basketball, what do you like to do? Do you have any hobbies?
A: Outside of basketball I am spending time with my son and usually playing basketball with him. He’s two years old and loves basketball.
Q: What's something not a lot of people know about you?
A: I’m really goofy.
Q: If you could have dinner with any three people, living or not, who would they be?
A: Dwyane Wade, my uncle Leavern, and LeBron James.
Q: What have you enjoyed most so far playing for the Danger?
A: The amount of fun we have and the way we get along as a team. We have a lot of experiences at home and away games. Every time we’re together at practice we make some sort of memory. We just have a great vibe as a team.
Q: What are your goals for this season playing for the Danger? Personally and as a team?
A: Personally, to really to get better at every practice and game. I want to perfect my craft and hopefully be a better player from when I started on the first day of tryouts. As a team, winning the rest of the games this season and definitely going to San Antonio to the championships.
Don’t forget to follow the Danger on social media! Catch them in action as they travel to Tuscaloosa, Alabama this weekend to battle the Tuscaloosa Titans!