December 08, 2011
On Tuesday, Alonzo Mourning recorded a triple-double, leading his team to a dominant 74-53 victory. Don't worry, you're not having an NBA flashback, there's just a new Alonzo Mourning in town.
In fact, Alonzo Mourning III, known as Trey to his friends, is the latest Mourning to make a name for himself on the prep hoops circuit. As covered by the Miami Herald, the sophomore center for Ransom (Fla.) Everglades School wasted little time in breaking through in his second season on the court, putting up a thoroughly preposterous 15 blocks in a victory for the Raiders on Tuesday. He also added 20 points and 12 rebounds in the win against Miami (Fla.) La Salle High.
You can see the younger Mourning in action below from a game earlier this season, wearing number 00 in white.
There's a reason why the younger Mourning's career has met with early success: He has plenty of his father's genes. Trey Mourning already stands 6-foot-7, and there's no reason to believe that he won't continue to grow, too. Add to that plenty of physical presence and a penchant for blocking anything that comes near the backboard -- hey, he did just block 15 shots -- and there may be reason for Florida prep hoops fans to get excited about his future.
There also may be reason for Georgetown fans to get excited. As first mentioned on the Hoya Talk message board, Mourning clearly has a bond with his father's alma mater. After the Hoyas were knocked out of the 2011 NCAA tournament in the first round, the younger Zo offered up the following tweet on his since deleted Twitter profile:
It's been a rough ride these past few days, but I still keep my head up Thanks for everything @SugarFree_15, @Cwright_4, etc. 4evr HOYA SAXA
If that isn't a strong indication that Mourning is about ready to commit whenever (or if) a scholarship is ever sent his way, we're not sure what is. At the same time, it's definitely still too early for anyone to turn the new Mourning into his more successful father.
That being said, the possibility of another Mourning tearing up the hardwood in Miami -- and potentially at Georgetown in the future -- is enough to make fans of tough hardwood defense salivate … and get a little nostalgic, all at the same time.