By Keeli Parkey
His time in a blue uniform may have come to an end, but Trevor Hensley’s basketball career will continue.
Hensley, the all-time leading scorer in Unicoi County High School history, officially signed with the Milligan College Buffalo basketball program during a ceremony on Friday, April 27, at the school.
“I didn’t look at too many schools before Milligan,” Hensley told The Erwin Record. “Milligan stood out to me from the beginning. My visit was an amazing experience; it really just felt like home from the beginning of the whole process.”
Hensley led the Blue Devils to a 22-13 record during the 2017-18 season. The team won the Three Rivers Conference regular season title, District 1-AA tournament and came in second in the Region 1-AA tournament before falling to Knox Fulton in the sectional round. Hensley averaged 23.4 points, 5 rebounds, almost 4 assists and 3 steals per game during his senior season.
Hensley became the Blue Devils’ all-time leading scorer in December, surpassing Logan Lyle’s record of 1,889 points. During the sectional game at Knox Fulton in March, he passed Lady Devil Amy Engle to become the school’s all-time leading scorer. Engle, a 1991 graduate, totalled 2,366 points during her career; Hensley finished his career with 2,378 points. He was the district tournament MVP and a member of the all-region tournament.
Following the season, Hensley was chosen for the AA all-state team, named the Three Rivers Conference player of the year and Northeast Tennessee player of the year. He also won the MVP award and three-point competition at the FCA Northeast Tennessee/Southwest Virginia all-star game played at Emory & Henry College in April.
“Trevor’s hard work has led him to where he is,” Blue Devil head coach Michael Smith said. “From his freshman season through his senior year he was dedicated to the game and to our program. Milligan is getting a great player and someone who can help them win championships.”
Hensley said he is excited to join Milligan’s program.
“Being a part of the team has been a great experience so far – everything from playing pick up with the guys to getting to know the coaches,” he added. “Just like I did here, I’m going to come in and give this school my all, working to fill any role where I am needed. … I know that I will be one of the hardest workers out there to make this transition easier. I’m going to come in, play my game and do whatever coach Robinson needs me to do to continue the winning culture.”
Hensley said the support of his family has been instrumental to his success on the court.
“I would like to thank my close family most of all,” he added. “Specifically my dad and grandfather. My dad and I have put more hours than anyone knows in the gym together. He’s the one that introduced me to this game, the one who taught me how to shoot, the one who taught me to be a leader on the floor. I can’t thank him enough for what he’s done with me and the time he’s invested in me. I also have a very special grandfather. Not many people have someone who would take them to the gym and rebound for them for as long as they wanted, whenever they wanted. I can honestly say I’ve never been told ‘no’ from my papaw when it comes to going to the gym. My family has pushed me to my limits and believed in me when no one else did. I’ll never be able to thank them enough for that.”
Hensley will play in another all-star game – the Rocky Top Border War – on Friday, May 4, at 8 p.m. at Knoxville Catholic High School.
He is the son of Paul and Wendy Hensley.