Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Trey Draper: A True Student-Athlete

Leonard "Trey" Draper is a 5-10, 170lb. walk-on freshman guard for the University of Memphis. He graduated from Mitchell High School, in Memphis, where he played both basketball and baseball. Trey Draper truly exemplifies the ideal student-athlete. During his time at Mitchell, he served on the Leadership Council, on the Student Council and as a peer mediator. He chose these roles for a variety of reasons: he had leadership instilled in him at an early age, his guidance counselor thought it would be to his and other students benefit, and he simply enjoyed being involved.

Although Draper spent his junior and senior years as a starter and team captain for his basketball team, most people thought he was better at baseball. As a baseball player, he started and was team captain all four years. Once he made the jump to the collegiate level, however, he decided to stick with hoops stating that he "loved basketball too much to let it go."

It shouldn't come as any surprise that Draper loves basketball. His grandfather, the first Leonard Draper, was good friends with Larry Finch. He stated that his parents told him he was attending games before he was born, and that several basketball players, including "Andre Turner, Penny Hardaway, David Vaughn, Elliot Perry, and many more" held him as a child.

But this isn't his only connection to the program. He is also friends with Tiger freshman point guard, Joe Jackson. Draper called him, "one of my best friends." When asked whether his relationship with either Jackson or his grandfather influenced his decision to attend the University of Memphis, he admitted that they wanted him to become a Tiger, but "at the end of the day, it was my decision."

Draper referred to the moment when he drew the loudest applause of the night after hitting a three point attempt against LeMoyne Owen as "a dream come true." He then noted that the support from his team is what meant the most to him.

He also had a message for the fans, "I just want to let the Tiger fans know I am excited to be here, and my teammates and I are working hard everyday to bring a National Championship back to Memphis."


  1. Great stuff! Keep'em coming. :)


  2. do he even play because last time i checked he was sorry as ever...who is he?

  3. He is a great player and part of Tiger nation. If you don't have anything good to post don't post #GoTigers

  4. Faith grace and grind this young man is on his stuff, so don't sleep on him

  5. Way to go Trey.. You deserve the very best life has to offer. You have been a TIGER longer than most people would ever know! LOVE YA and live you dream to the fullest


  6. I am so proud you came this far I love you big cuz!!!

  7. What's good cuzo. I'm so proud of you. I remember we always dreamed about this moment as kids. From playing Little League, Middle School & some High School. It was a blast. Even though i had a different career path I'm glad you stuck with your promise. You've worked really hard & it shows but, the best is yet to come. Just always remember keep God first & keep that faith because, he has gotten you this far. Good Luck to you & the rest of the Team. May God contiune to bless you guys threw this outstanding journey you're about to take. Love ya cuzo/broham

    Brandon Ward

  8. I'm very proud for the Draper family. He will represent U of M and the city in a manner we will be proud of. You've raised a nice family LED.

  9. went to middle school with Leonard (Trey), and he was a great guy. i wish him the best as a Memphis Tiger!

  10. Well Wishes Son,
    I've known your parents way before you or your sister were born.

    Wanda Rena & Leonard are GOOD peeps!!!!!!!!

    Your dad is a people person and I enjoyed my years working with him @ FedEx, he's always put people first and had a BIG heart. Always went over & beyond to help those in need or that needed a helping hand. He's helped a many co-workers including myself and treated everybody equally. Our work group had the best years @ FedEx working for your Dad.

    Just that you know.....
    "Always do right, which will gratify some and astonish the rest."-Mark Twain

    "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind. Never allow someone to be your Priority, while allowing yourself to be their option."

    Be Blessed This Season & Beyond