Trendon Watford led the Spartans to their 7A state championship title as a sophomore last year, and colleges are taking note. Word is recruiters from Alabama and Kentucky have their eyes on him, and he took home several honors by season’s end. We caught up with him after an off-season workout to ask about what Spartan fans can expect to see on the court this season.

What was it like to win the state championship last season?

We started off the season 18-0 and went 31-5 overall. It was pretty surreal, especially the last game against Auburn High School. We ended up beating them by 20 points, but it was a good game up until the fourth quarter. We went on 18-2 run and stretched the lead out, and when we realized we were going to win, everyone just started having fun. We all stormed the floor and jumped around celebrating.

What can people expect to see on the court this season?

We lost a few people, but we are a young team and all of us have played together for a while. We may see a better team than last year, but we will see. We lost one of our main scorers, but we have a junior Lior Berman. He’s about 6-foot-4-inch and pretty tall, pretty fast. Sean Elmore and Alex Washington also played last year. Everyone has been developing, and we are going for back to back state. That’s what will keep us motivated—to keep winning and keep winning state championship games. There are plenty of great teams—Huffman High School, Hoover High School, Homewood High School. Spain Park might be okay, Oak Mountain was okay last year. It’s still going to be a battle but we are going to be ready for it.

What is your mentality on the court?

I just always try to stay motivated and not get caught up in the hype. I keep trying to do what I do. I love the game that I play, and I keep trying to play and have fun.

What is the team camaraderie like?

We all gel together. We have all been around each other since we were younger. We have team dinner and everything together, and that builds relationships with us. By the time we get on the court, it’s much easier to all play together. We all know each other’s strengths and weaknesses. It’s all good.

What are some of your hopes and dreams for the game?

I want to be a professional basketball player and keep playing. My dream’s the NBA. The Lakers are my favorite team.