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Howie: Esko basketball standout Adam Trapp

Esko 7-foot-2 senior post player Adam Trapp scored over Hunters 6-foot-3 senior power forward Jaden Burse in a recent game in Duluth. Howie / HowieHanson.com

One-on-one with Esko High’s 7-foot-2 basketball game-changer Adam Trapp:

Trapp, on the Eskomos’ season: “We’re working hard, after getting off to a bit of a slow start. We’re a skilled team trying to build some team connectivity and win some games. We have five seniors, including four returning starters. Our newest starter, (Eric) Rish, is a gritty rebounder and probably our hardest worker. (Quinn) Fischer, (Camden) Berger, (Ryan) Pantsar and myself all can score 20 points a night. It’s not one guy. It’s good when teams put all their defensive focus on me, because my teammates get less pressure on them and have an offensive heyday. Our section (7AA) is tough again this year, and it will be difficult to win state with Minneapolis North coming up into 2A.”

Trapp, on his approach to his senior year: “As a team-orientated player, I don’t set a lot of personal goals. I’ve been a little injured here for a while, with some bad fingers after getting severely frostbitten a couple weeks ago while trying to get some cars out of a ditch. I also have a broken toe on my right foot, and I’ve been hobbling around for a while. I’ve been a little lazy on rebounds this season, down from about 11 per-game as a junior to around seven this season. It’s something that I’ll pick up here down the stretch.”

Trapp, on his academic and basketball plans moving forward: “Definitely going to college to study engineering and play basketball, either at a Division I or II school. I’m focusing on the school aspect, on the four-year degree, because my basketball career won’t last forever. I’d like to get stronger and see if I can make it to the NBA, but if that doesn’t work out I’d like to play overseas and travel around a bit. But if both basketball goals don’t materialize, I will always have the four-year degree to fall back on.”

Trapp, on his height: “There’s expectations in basketball, considering that I’m the tallest person in the area. I meet it with a grain of salt, and in some ways I welcome the challenges because I thrive under pressure. Sometimes I have an eight-point game and everyone freaks out, saying ‘We held that Adam Trapp kid to eight points.’ I’m like, well, we won the game. Who really care how many points I scored? I could have scored one hundred or one, and it doesn’t matter because we won and everyone contributed to the victory. Above all else, it’s definitely a blessing to be tall. Coaches can teach players how to shoot, how to hustle, but they can’t teach height. It’s a gift, for sure, something other tall kids should try their best to embrace. I would encourage other tall basketball players coming up to be patient, because they will develop a bit slower than everyone else. But put in the work every day, otherwise you won’t improve. You need to work just as hard as the other players, if not harder, to get better as you continue to grow.”

Trapp, on his game: “Versatile post player, hopefully hard to stop one-on-one, even in double coverage. I’m pretty good going left- or right-handed. Strong, defensive-minded, but I need to work on my defensive intensity and mid-range game to be effective at the next level. I’ve been labeled as a true post for my entire career, but when I get to college they’ll probably push me into a power-forward role.”

TODAY’S GAMES

HOCKEY
High School Boys
Bloomington Jefferson at Duluth East
Warroad at Duluth Denfeld
Eveleth-Gilbert at Virginia
Hill-Murray at Grand Rapids

High School Girls
Mound-Westonka at Proctor-Hermantown
Hayward-Ashland at Duluth Marshall

College Men
St. Cloud State at Bulldogs
Wisconsin-Eau Claire at UWS
St. Scholastica at Marian

College Women
Ohio State at Bulldogs
Aurora at St. Scholastica
Wisconsin-River Falls at UWS

BASKETBALL
High School Boys
Princeton at Duluth Denfeld
Hibbing at Chisago Lakes

High School Girls
Minneapolis Southwest at Duluth East
South St. Paul at Hermantown