It is the culmination of a hard year for Wyoming Indian High School Senior Jarrick Trumbull. An outstanding basketball player at Wind River High School with a state championship ring, Trumbull transferred this past fall to the Ethete school, to be closer to the friends he grew up with, but his eligibility to play for the Chiefs varsity this year was denied by the Wyoming High School Activities Association.
WHSAA rules state that a player can transfer, if his home address changes. In Trumbull’s case, it did not. He lived at the same home at Mill Creek Housing when he played for Wind River, and he still lives there after the transfer. Several appeals were denied by the association’s Board of Control.
So Trumbull did what he does. He played junior varsity ball and scorched the nets against the lesser JV competition, scoring 55 points in one game. But he didn’t get the media attention that he would have had he been on the varsity.
Fortunately, Trumbull said Coach Pete Conway at United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck, North Dakota, knew of him and offered him a full-ride scholarship. It was the only offer that he received before he made his commitment. Several of Trumbull’s friends already live in Bismarck. They include former WIHS star players Joe Sazue and Buell Robinson.
After he made his commitment, Trumbull said his older brother Jayin’s team, Black Hawk College in Illinois, called to offer him, but it was too late.
Trumbull said he had some interest shown by NorthWest Kansas Tech, but there was no follow-up from the school.
“This is a testament to his play,” said Chief’s Head Coach Craig Ferris. “It is unheard of for a player to jump from the junior varsity to college, and Jarrick did it.”
The Chief’s senior signed his letter of intent Monday afternoon before his WIHS classmates in the school commons.
“I overcame a lot this year,” Trumbull said before the signing. “I want to thank my Mom (Hattie). She was always there in my corner and fought for me. I also want to thank my Grandma Cathy Carroll.”
Jarrick isn’t sure what he’ll study in college, but said he was thrilled that his college education will be paid for. “I visited Bismarck and I like it there, I think I’ll fit in well. I have friends there,” he said
Always thinking on the positive side, Jarrick Trumbull said he always thought he would get some offers, “but I didn’t expect a full ride. I guess they were the only school who believed in me.”
To keep his skills honed, he’s been playing basketball with other players he’s gotten to know around the state who are in the AAU program, and he’s been picking up a lot of local gym time.
Chances are good you’ll see him at open gym this summer.