Trey was a 6’8″ 240 pound power forward and was rated one of the top players in the country. He was highly recruited by schools such as Pepperdine, Boston College, University of Massachusetts, University of Richmond and Purdue. He finally chose the University of Richmond because of its strong academic philosophy, solid coaching and the encouragement of one of its distinguished alumni, Johnny Newman. Trey spent many hours giving back to his community. He always considered himself fortunate so he encouraged youngsters to take advantage of any opportunity to further their education. He worked in summer camps counseling young boys and girls. He also played in Summer Leagues in the New York area and participated in the Metro Basketball Camp in Pennsylvania each summer.
A boating accident, just a few days prior to graduation, took his young life. However, family, hundreds of dear friends, fans and classmates still embrace him in memory because of his total commitment to scholarship, friendship and competition.
Many of Trey’s colleagues continue their quest for higher education as a salute to him. Trey touched many lives in his short 18 years and he still lives in the hearts of the many adults and youngsters who knew and loved him.
In his memory, the Trey Whitfield Foundation will pursue his dream that everyone regardless of ethnic background gets a fair chance at being educated. That every child will have a helping hand and every youngster will get support from someone who cares.