Trey Touchet's offseason plans took an unexpected turn when the senior-to-be combo guard from St. Thomas More in Lafayette, La., broke his non-shooting (left) wrist in early June after getting undercut in a summer league game.
The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Touchet did not need surgery and has recovered ahead of schedule and improved his physical conditioning but was unable to compete at Stanford's elite camp in June. He still took an unofficial visit to the Palo Alto campus last month and said his wrist is now "85 to 90 percent" healed.
Touchet has received offers from Sam Houston State, the Ragin' Cajuns in Louisiana, Louisiana Tech and UTEP. The reigning Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year and Class 4A Most Outstanding Player from state champion STM has garnered interest from Stanford, Davidson, Tulane, Tulsa, Brown and Baylor.
"The campus was incredible and so nice," Touchet told the Cajun Redzone of Stanford. "I got to see everything I wanted to. The area where it's located is really nice. I was really impressed. They like that I'm a combo guard who can handle the ball and play off the ball and also like my basketball IQ."
Touchet, whose father Darrin played football for the Cajuns, said he expects to be healthy enough to join Greg Monroe's ASSISTS Academy Travel Team in Los Angeles (July 17-22) and Las Vegas (July 24-28).
"I know Davidson, Stanford and Tulsa are coming to watch me play in those two tournaments at the end of July," Touchet said. "I hope to get some more offers from those tournaments. After I look at my offers, I'll take my official visits and then I'll decide which schools will make the cut."
This past season Touchet blossomed as a junior at STM after averaging 20.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.3 steals per game. He also shot 57 percent from the floor, 41 percent behind the 3-point line and 83 percent on free throws as the Cougars finished 34-4 and won their first state title since 1986.
The first school to offer the cerebral and athletic combo guard was Sam Houston State last fall followed by the Cajuns. Conference USA schools UTEP and Louisiana Tech offered in mid-April.
"I'm honored," Touchet said of the offers from UTEP and Louisiana Tech. "That conference has great competition, and both of those schools have great tradition."
In April and May, Touchet started nine of 14 games played for Nike Team Louisiana in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League. Touchet led the squad in free throws made (50) out of 63 tries for a 79.3 percent clip at the line and tied for second in assists (2.4 per game) and steals (0.9 per game). He was also the team's fourth-leading scorer (7.2 points per game) and averaged 3.7 rebounds while seeing more time at point guard than during the high school season.
Touchet scored in double digits six times in the EYBL. In his final two games he had a summer-high 14 points to go with six rebounds against Team Texas Elite and a 10-point, six-rebound, four-assist, two steal-effort vs. Team Penny.
"It was an interesting experience because our coach ran it like a college team," Touchet said. "I think it definitely prepared me for Division I basketball. It was challenging because the best players in the country are really quick. Everybody had something to prove, so every play was competitive and there were no games off or breaks."
In addition to getting back on the court and landing more offers this summer, Touchet is eager to play his senior season at STM. He has a chance to repeat as Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year and Class 4A Most Outstanding Player and lead the Cougars to a second consecutive state championship.
"Coming into high school I had one goal – to win a state championship – so now that I've done that there's really no pressure on me," Touchet said. "Honestly, it doesn't really matter what I did in the past. I'm going to keep working to keep improving so I can accomplish some new things this year."
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