While he was busy dunking, Trajan Arbuck added another achievement to his basketball career this past season–hitting the 1,000 career point mark.
If you’ve driven past his house on Front Street, this comes as no surprise. Trajan, often accompanied by friends, is constantly shooting baskets. Music usually fills the background and a car blocks the end of the driveway.
But the work to reach this point has been intentional and consuming. Explaining what this has entailed, he revealed, “I’ve been playing basketball all year-round with select travel teams in Omaha and in Lincoln since I was in third grade. I also do additional weight training and basketball drills with my trainers throughout the years.” It has obviously paid dividends.
Trajan noted that while he watched older athletes hit this particular achievement and desired it, he was not focused on his individual scoring. “Honestly I didn’t even know I was on track to hit my thousand point mark at that game. It was a great feeling seeing all the support by my friends and family to share this milestone.”
A notable aspect in the story is that Trajan is only a junior. Scoring his 1,000th point occurred on February 8. His final tally after the 2020-21 season was 1,091 points–with another high school season awaiting him.
Coach Erik Wetjen remarked, “Trajan hitting a 1,000 points as a junior is a great accomplishment. As the top scorer for our team, you will continually be the focus of each opposing defense. With the aggressive nature of today’s game, it’s a tremendous feat.”
While the Heartland Boys Team did not have the season ending they hoped for, the work continues for Trajan as he looks to the future. “My next goal is to help lead my team to a state appearance this next year and hopefully compete for the state title with my teammates.”
Photos from HCS Facebook page
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