After 21 days with USA Basketball, incoming rookie in North Carolina Seth Trimble returned home to Menomonee Falls, Wis., on Tuesday.
There, a group of about 20 family members celebrated the new gold medalist for his play at the FIBA 18U Americas Championship, his graduation from high school and his sweep of Wisconsin’s major school awards in as a senior.
During his speech, however, Trimble chose to look to the future.
“I’ve never been one to want to celebrate my accomplishments or anything, I guess it’s the humility in me,” Trimble said. “But it was fun. I was just thanking all my family members, telling them that I wouldn’t be anywhere without them. Honestly, everyone who was there did something to help me get to where I am. I told them that in a few years, I hope to be able to return all their sacrifices.”
On Wednesday, Trimble packed her bags, hung out with friends, and spent time with her sisters and parents.
“Leaving my immediate family, there’s not as much emotion there because I know how often I’ll see them,” Trimble said. “But for a lot of other people, family and friends, I might only see them once or twice a year for a little while. There were emotions, that’s for sure.”
Today, he arrives at Chapel Hill as UNC’s top-rated freshman and with a chance to give this year’s UNC roster something it sorely lacked last season – a third guard able to spell returnees Caleb Love and RJ Davis. At 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds, Trimble has been physically ready to compete in college for quite some time.
“I’m thrilled to be a part of the Carolina basketball family,” Trimble said. “I can’t wait to get out there and mark my ground.”
Davis, Love, Trimble and sophomore D’Marco Dunn are the only ball-handling scholarship guards (though fifth-year senior Leaky Black is also capable) on the UNC roster. Trimble has high hopes for the quartet.
“Being able to grow as a player behind Caleb and RJ is huge for me,” he said. “I think they’re the best backcourt in college basketball. I’m ready to learn from them and face them every day. That will really help me.”
A lot of players say they want to improve first and foremost. It’s actually a common refrain. What often doesn’t add up, however, are their actions. This is not the case with Trimble.
During his final two seasons in high school, he shunned opportunities from — and spurned recruiting efforts from — many of the nation’s top prep schools. He wanted to stay at Menonomee Falls High School and grow as a person and a teammate with his local support system because that’s how his family believes he could reach his full potential. What it likely cost him were opportunities to play in showcases like the McDonald’s All-American game.
What it gave him was the opportunity to try out – and make – the USA 18U team. PLayered with a talented group of freshmen and top high school players, Trimble scored in double figures three times, averaging 9.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 20, 3 minutes.
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“It was a huge recognition to be part of USA Basketball,” Trimble said. “Playing with these guys was awesome. We all worked really hard for our places. You saw the scores in some games where we were getting lazy, and some guys were starting to do things just to do them. But the experience, mostly against each other, was one of a kind.”
Trimble thinks he’s a better player on June 16 than he was on May 16, simply because he played in the FIBA Americas Tournament.
“The game is really different, even from something like Peach Jam (EYBL from Nike),” he said. “Peach Jam is so much easier than going to training camp and playing those games live. Everything is so much faster and more intense. It’s a huge leap in terms of competition, speed and focus. . I think I played really well. Offensively, I got to my spots, got my guys shooting where they liked them, and pushed the tempo. I was just an overall leader. Defensively, I think I was also disruptive.”
One of Trimble’s signature plays in the tournament was a transition dunk in the gold medal match against Brazil which went somewhat viral on social media.
“I was reading the room, and the guy reviewing me didn’t make contact, so I skipped the passing lanes and tipped him over,” Trimble said. “My teammate got it and passed it to me. At first I didn’t really know where I was because my head was turned the other way. When I got the ball I didn’t really know not what I was going to do. I thought I could lay it down, but my body did otherwise.”
As Trimble converted the dunk, the Brazilian defender’s forearm accidentally hit Trimble in the neck and face. The viral clip then ends with Trimble on the ground seemingly in pain. Except he wasn’t.
“I wasn’t hurt or anything,” he laughed. “I kind of played dead. It was my party.”
Joining Trimble in Team USA was GG Jackson’s 2023 UNC commitment. The duo already had a strong relationship, as their campus visits coincided on Late Night in October 2021 and again last February. They were roommates during training camp and the tournament.
“It was great to have a big do-it-all on the team,” Trimble said. “He can space the floor, get planks or dunk on someone. It was really fun to play with him, and I’m excited to see how much he can improve on the court. He’s also a super cool guy and really easy to get along with. We’ve gotten really close and bonded a lot over the past few weeks.”
Trimble will wear No. 0 next season.
“I hope to mature as a young man and learn every day,” he said. “I want to get the most out of it out of all the veterans who come in for open races. My thing for next year is just to really be a real leader and do whatever Coach Davis and the staff need you to do. I do.”