January 20th, 2011

"20 Key Questions" With Troy Saxton

Chris Jung

Senior Writer


"20 Key Questions" With Troy Saxton
photo by Chris Jung

Trinity junior PG takes on the Questions

Each week, LouisvilleCatholicSports.com will be getting to know a new student-athlete from the area by asking him/her a series of 20 key questions - some in-depth, some lighthearted - that will provide insight into the thoughts and personalities of the boys and girls who are doing great things on and off the local courts, fields, tracks, and courses. Below are the "20 Key Questions," brought to you by Key Financial Mortgage LLC.

Lost in the shuffle of an Eastern/J-Town/Ballard boys basketball infatuation within the city of Louisville is a team that has several rising stars of its own.

And although Trinity High School junior point guard Troy Saxton isn't the flashiest player out there, he has certainly been one of the most consistent and affective during the 2010-11 campaign, as the sharp-shooting red head has led the Shamrocks to a 13-6 record and a strong showing in all of the tournaments it has participated in, including the team's second consecutive Louisville Invitational semifinal berth last week.

Saxton, whose father Rob is an assistant coach for Head Coach Mike Szabo on the Rocks' bench, is the best pure shooter on Trinity's team and leads the squad in all shooting categories (2-pointers, 3-pointers, and free throws). His ability to calmly run the offense and quietly put his team on his shoulders during a tough spot has won the admiration of Szabo.

The 6-foot-2 Saxton was named the King of the Bluegrass All-Tournament Team in December, as well as the all-tourney team in the LIT. Off the court, Saxton has an impressive 3.9 GPA in the classroom and has begun looking at colleges.

On Friday, barring the "impending blizzard" in Louisville, Saxton will look to lead his team to second win this season over Trinity's archrival St. Xavier. The two teams will lock up at Freedom Hall and Saxton figures to be a big factor again following his 18-point performance over the Tigers during the second round of the LIT at Bellarmine.

Before he hits the floor to take on St. X, however, Saxton took the time to partake in the "20 Key Questions," and his answers are below.

1. What is your favorite pump up music on game day?

Mostly Eminen, or whatever is on in the locker room

2. What is your ideal meal/snack before a game?

Eggs and bacon

3. Cats or Cards?

Definitely my Wildcats

4. Which athlete do you look up to on a college/professional level?

My favorite player is Kobe Bryant. He so focused and determined every game.

5. What is your favorite movie quote?

Al Pacino's speech in Any Given Sunday. It's awesome.

6. How does your faith impact your approach to sports?

My faith plays a big role in my life and my sport. Put God before everything.

7. What keeps you motivated?

As an athlete, the will to compete and win is what keeps me motivated. It's mainly a pride thing.

8. All time favorite board game?

Yahtzee. It's a classic.

9. Blackberry or iPhone?

Neither, I have as simple as a phone as you can get.

10. Favorite Facebook function?

"Like" button.

11. What is your favorite reality TV show?

Jersey Shore, for sure.

12. What is your favorite pro team?

Denver Broncos are my favorite pro team.

13. What is your best quality/characteristic?

I don't know, I guess my sense of humor.

14. Gatorade or Powerade? Which flavor?

Gatorade. I could drink lemon lime all day.

15. What is your favorite hour of the day?

My favorite hour is probably any hour in which I can relax.

16. Best smart phone app?

ESPN app. Keeps you updated on big games.

17. Where is your favorite place to volunteer/provide community service?

I do a lot of volunteer work at my church and Trinity High School.

18. What is one hidden talent that you possess?

I'm really good at ping pong.

19. What is one thing you wish scientists would invent? 

Time machine. You could fix all your mistakes.

20. What is your proudest athletic moment?

Winning all three major holiday tournaments in KY last year and winning state AAU championship two years ago.

 

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