Hopkins graduate and Arizona State men's basketball standout Trent Lockett leads his team in points (17.5), rebounds (8.7) and steals (2.2) per game so far this season. But the most impressive and biggest number associated with Lockett, a 6-5 junior wing player, might be this one: 21.
No, that's not his age (though he'll hit that magic number Dec. 10). It's the number of credits he's taking both this semester and next. Lockett, a business and communications major, said he has at least seven classes each semester counting labs and one-credit courses. It's a heavy load for a Division I athlete -- so much so, in fact, that he had to get a special waiver just to take that many credits. His goal is to graduate after just three years.
"That's the plan," he said this past weekend, which his Sun Devils and the Gophers both spent at the Old Spice Classic in Orlando. "Some guys think I'm crazy, but it's just different. I don't know how to explain it."
He also sounds like his own biggest critic. Despite being a first-team All-Academic pick as a sophomore in what is now the Pac-12 -- as well as a second-team all-conference player -- Lockett had this to say about the progression of his studies.
"My freshman year I did well academically, but my sophomore year I kind of fell off and didn't do what I was supposed to do," Lockett said. "This year it feels good to be back on my grind and excelling in the classroom as well."
On the court, Lockett was a starter on one of the best teams in Minnesota high school history, helping Hopkins to a 31-0 record and a Class 4A title in 2009. The other starters on the team are all playing Division I college sports: Royce White (Iowa State), Mike Broghammer (Notre Dame), Raymond Cowels (Santa Clara) and Marcus Williams (North Dakota State, football).
"I haven't really talked to those Hopkins guys for a while. I'd love to catch up, but we're all so busy with school and sports. We have a lot on our plates," Lockett said. "I'll get home for Christmas for two days and that's about it until school's out. But I talk to my mom pretty much every day. My family is so supportive, and I appreciate that."
His family likely will help him sort out his plans at the end of this season. A big year for Lockett could elevate his NBA draft status and entice him to leave for the pros. For now, he's trying to lift up a Sun Devils team off to a 2-4 start.
"We had a rough start, but I think we've taken steps in the right direction," Lockett said. "We just need to come out every night ready to play."
And go home afterward ready to hit the books.