The preseason Mountain West Newcomer of the Year has gone from averaging 18.7 points in two years at Seattle U to just 10.1 at San Diego State
In Darrion Trammell’s final game at Seattle University last season, in the WAC tournament against Abilene Christian, he scored 39 points.
In his most recent game with San Diego State, against UNLV on Saturday afternoon at Viejas Arena, he had zero for the first time in three Division I seasons.
It is a striking reversal for the 5-foot-10 transfer and preseason Mountain West newcomer of the year, and not just from last year to this one but within this one. He opened the season with games of 18 and 21, had 21 against No. 8 Arizona and had 21 in the first meeting with UNLV on Dec. 31. He failed to score in double figures only twice in his last 25 games last season; he’s done it 13 times in 25 games this season.
His career low at Seattle: six points.
His last three games at SDSU: four, five and zero.
“He’s still trying to find his way,” coach Brian Dutcher said. “Sometimes it takes awhile.”
Trammell, in many respects, remains the final missing piece in a puzzle that is starting to come into view — 20-5 overall, 11-2 and in first place in the Mountain West, No. 21 in the Associated Press poll, 17th in the Kenpom metric, 19th in the NET — as the Aztecs take on Fresno State today (8 p.m., CBS Sports Network).
Matt Bradley has emerged from an early-season slump and on Monday was named Mountain West player of the week after averaging 17.5 points in two games on 72.2 percent shooting. Keshad Johnson is playing the best basketball of his career. Nathan Mensah is coming off a double-double. Adam Seiko is shooting 54.5 percent on 3s. Jaedon LeDee has recaptured his tantalizing early-season form. Lamont Butler has established himself as a perimeter threat.
Get something, anything, out of a guy who averaged 18.7 points in two seasons at Seattle, and you might really have something.
“Just trust the work,” Trammell said recently. “It’s basketball. You’re going to have good nights and bad nights. I just have to keep my head straight. You have to work through it. Sometimes you have to shoot yourself back into rhythm. But it happens. It’s a long season. All that matters is it comes together when it matters.”
If he is frustrated, he hasn’t shown it in his body language at practice or games, or in his answers to the obligatory questions about the adjustment to a new league, new arenas, new teammates, new program, new philosophy. Or even after being ejected for the first time at any level of basketball at Utah State last week.
Trammell openly admits he expected at least some of this. When he met with Dutcher and his staff last spring in Seattle shortly after entering the transfer portal, he said all he cared about was winning, not individual stats. It is what sold them on him.
“I knew what I was coming into,” Trammell said. “I’m surrounded by a lot of good players, so when it’s my night, it’s my night, and when it’s not, I’m willing to accept
that. I’ll do whatever I have to do to get the win. If that’s score three points, I’ll score three points. If I have to score 20, I’ll score 20. But I just give whatever I can to my team. That’s why I came here in the first place.”