Head coach Heath Vandevender had Trinity Christian all throughout the season ranked as one of the top teams in the state. Finishing the season with a 26-3 overall record, the Crusaders certainly were must-see by many. And even though it came up short in the end, it was a season to remember by many.
A team loaded with talent on multiple levels and by multiple seniors, some of which will be playing at the next level, 2022 6’5 Freddie Dilione is one to really start tracking for this program as he looks to lead the charge at Trinity Christian.
Dilione averaged 13.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 1.7 steals this past season, being a huge contributor for his team and it should only increase in the coming years. Dilione though plays with a smart, crafty feel to the game and is able to score on multiple levels with ease. However, his ability to rebound well, showcase a polished game, and an understanding of his capabilities, the rising junior should be on the verge of attracting schools his way.
Looking back at this season though, Dilione says he had fun with his teammates and that he was able to bond with all his teammates. And even though it hurt to come up short in the end, it will only push him to make him better with his overall game.
Now, he comes with a focus and determination this offseason and upcoming season.
“My main focus for this coming season is to win every game they put on that schedule and the main thing I need to work on is my motor, just pushing myself to go hard every play,” Dilione told Phenom Hoops.
He wants to continue to push himself to be one of the best in the state for his class and even though some may know his name today, he still considers himself underrated and he understands the process.
“Yeah, I say I’m very underrated but that just makes me go even harder,” he said. “I would describe my game as an all-around player; I will provide for you on both sides of the floor and my motor will take me over the top.”
Understanding the process also goes for his recruitment so far, as his recruitment has been a little slow so far. However, schools like NC State, Murray State, Clemson, Virginia Tech, and a few others have expressed some interest. Right now, they like how well he can score the ball and how he can push the ball in transition, along with his size.
Dilione though has impressed our scouts at Phenom Hoops on big stages and it may be only a matter of time for programs to start coming his way. Next season though, he will have his chance as he will be regarded as one of the go-to guys for Trinity Christian.