Sigel proves it's all in a name

Posted Online: March 06, 2013, 9:44 pm
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By Daniel Makarewicz,
Thom Sigel had it picked before he got married, knowing his first son would be named Trey with "the hope" he could be a good shooter.

A trey from Trey does have a good ring to it.

"It was ingenious," the Rock Island boys' basketball coach said.

So it's fitting that Trey Sigel, a Rocky junior guard and this week's Metro Pacesetter for The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus, leads the Illinois Quad-Cities with 51 treys this season. With a name like Trey, you almost have to do that.

No wonder dad selected the name.

"I liked the name," Thom Sigel said, "but it had a lot to do with basketball."

Within the last year, Trey was an All-Western Big 6 Conference first-team football selection as a defensive back and a starter on the Rocky baseball team as a sophomore.

But as the name suggests, basketball is his calling card.

With the Rocks standing one win away from their third sectional title in five years, he is shooting 33.5 percent (51 of 152) from the 3-point arc and averages 9.1 points per game.In three postseason contests, Trey is scoring 13 points per game as he has reached double figures each time.

Balanced scoring is a major reason why the Rocks are playing for a sectional title on Friday, but Trey's outside shooting provides another weapon in their arsenal. While that is something he takes pride in doing, he does not want that to be all he can do.

Trey has more to his game than just treys.

"I'd rather be labeled as a scorer than a shooter," Trey said. "That's a big difference. I've done that this year."

A year after being strictly a shooter as a wide-eyed sophomore on varsity, he has developed more of an all-around game. Fifty-eight percent of his points are scored on 3-pointers, but he can go to the basket and foul line.

All this is why Trey can be a complete offensive threat.Then again, he can shoot.

The name makes that possible.

Actually, it's the last name.

Dad helped Rock Falls reach the 1985 Class AA sectional final. Uncle Todd is labeled by Trey "as probably the best shooter of us all."

Both played in college.

"I try to model my game after both of them," Trey said.

However, shooting still is Trey's game.

Two days after he was born, he had a ball in his hand. Even during this interview, he still dribbled a few times.

Once it was over, he walked into Rock Island Fieldhouse in time to see his dad swish a half-court shot. That served as a reminder that his family can shoot.

A minute earlier, Trey said he could top him in H-O-R-S-E.

"He's getting old," Trey said. "I could compete with him when I was 10 or 11. By now, I've got him."

How Trey would end the game revealed his new mentality that he is a scorer, not a shooter. Rather than go for a 3-pointer from the corner, he would attack the basket.

"I'd have to go with a step-back off-the-dribble type move," Trey said.

The conversation then changes toward first names. Thom said his younger brother also wanted to name his first son Trey, but that already was taken.

Would Trey do the same? He answered no, but this three-sport athlete would have a basketball theme.

"Ty ... because of the swish," Trey said. "I've always liked that name."

Metro Pacesetter - Rock Island's Trey Sigel

Favorite food: Mom's spaghetti
Favorite movie: "The Dark Knight Rises"
Favorite class: AP American history with Mr. Trenary
Favorite gym: Augustana College's Carver Center
Favorite team: San Francisco Giants
Parents: Thom and Alicia Sigel, Rock Island

In the running
Derrick Stabler, Moline:
Tallied 12 points and seven rebounds as the Maroons earned a 52-47 win over United Township in the Class 4A regional quarterfinal. He also advanced to the sectional round of the Country Financial Three-Point Showdown.
Keenan Shorter, Rock Island: Scored a game-high 13 points in the Rocks' 56-50 win over Pekin in the Class 4A United Township Regional championship game.


Local events heading

  Today is Tuesday, Oct. 21, the 294th day of 2014. There are 71 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.

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