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2020-2021 basketball player reviews: D’Mitrik Trice

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In a weird year, D’mitrik Trice was a steadying force for Wisconsin basketball.

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Name: D’Mitrik Trice
Position: point guard
Class: redshirt senior
Height: 6-foot
Weight: 184 pounds
Hometown: Huber Heights, Ohio

Season stats: 13.9 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 4.0 APG, 0.8 SPG, 41 FG/37.3 3P/79.8 FT

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Season in review: D’Mitrik Trice was a steadying force throughout the 2020 season for the Wisconsin Badgers. In a year where many players had some very inconsistent stretches, Trice was usually the most stable.

Trice started the season strong averaging 11.7 points per game in non-conference games, but really exploded when the Badgers started Big Ten play. Against Michigan State on Christmas Day, Trice poured in 29 points on the road against a Spartan team that was top 15 in the country at that time. He didn’t slow down after that either as Trice averaged 21.8 points per game in a five-game stretch for Wisconsin.

Trice cooled off some but was almost always in double figures for Wisconsin aside from the back-to-back with Penn State where he scored just six points in both contests combined. The next big games for Trice came against Illinois where Trice scored 22 in their first meeting, and then two weeks later went full hero mode against the Illini as the Badgers tried to make a comeback late in the contest. In the final two minutes of the game, Trice scored 19 points in what was one of the most impressive things I have ever seen done on a basketball court.

While the game ended in a loss for the Badgers, you saw all of Trice’s talents on display in that contest. When the team was struggling Trice single-handedly clawed the Badgers back. When Wisconsin needed a bucket it was clear the man they were going to go to, and Trice often delivered.

To end the season Trice played well in postseason play as well scoring 19 against Iowa in the Big Ten tournament, and 21 points against North Carolina. A lot of the focus is of course on his strong scoring outputs but Trice also ran the offense, distributed the basketball, and usually guarded a very strong player in a conference riddled with deep guards. That type of effort has to be applauded.

In his career Trice played in 143 games for the Badgers, starting in 108 of them. Trice became the 44th player in school history to score 1,000 points in his career, and was a 2020 third-team All-Big Ten player and three-time Academic All-Big Ten. Trice was the definition of a student-athlete that did things the right way. He will be sorely missed and will go down as one of the top point guards in Wisconsin basketball history.