Trinity’s Earnhardt signs with Guilford
Brandon Earnhardt has dreamed of playing college basketball since he was young watching it on TV. And, as he got older, that became his goal.
Now Earnhardt, a senior at Trinity, has taken a big step toward making that dream a reality as he has committed with NCAA Division III school Guilford College to continue his career at the next level.
“Pretty much since I’ve been playing, I’ve wanted to play college basketball,” he says. “All the hard work — and I’ve played pretty much year-round — has finally paid off. It’s great — one of the best feelings ever.”
Earnhardt, the son of Harold and Jennifer of Trinity, started playing basketball from an early age. Even though he’s played other sports, he has always been draw to basketball the most, enjoying being a part of a team and playing the game.
Over the years, he’s put in a tremendous amount of time and effort in training his body, honing his skills and putting them to work in a competitive environment with his AAU and high school teams and working toward playing at the next level.
“It’s pretty challenging,” he says of all the work he’s put in. “But when you look at the big picture and you realize that, if you do it then you’ll play college basketball, it motivates you.”
After playing his junior year at Wheatmore, where he was one of the Warriors’ top players, Earnhardt, whose accolades include all-PAC6 as a junior and all-Courier-Tribune Christmas tournament as a junior and senior, transferred to Trinity.
He was quick to learn the Bulldogs’ system but needed time to mesh it with his own game. As he began mixing his good mid-range shot with his ability to slash to the basket, he helped kick-start Trinity’s run to the NCHSAA 2A regional semifinals.
“We were in transition, having lost so many players,” coach Tim Kelly says. “Him coming in made this year much easier. We played him at the 3, but he brought a lot of versatility to that position because he can shoot the ball, he can put it on the floor.
“And, at times, we could put him on a guard or we could put him on a big player. When we started making our run is when he really started attacking the basket. That’s what we expressed to him all year, and he finally got comfortable in our system.”
Earnhardt trimmed his top college choices to also include Greensboro College and Davidson County Community College. But, in considering the schools and the teams, he decided to commit with Guilford, where Trinity’s Josh Pittman also recently played.
“I just really felt like I needed to be at Guilford,” says Earnhardt, who wants to study health science. “First of all, I like the school and the class sizes. I also like the team. I came to a few games, and I feel like I fit in really well.”