CLINTON, MS (WLBT) - In the midst of a season full of struggles for Mississippi College, a career is coming full circle.
"I'm happy where I am. I wouldn't change anything. God has me here for a reason," said senior forward Trevon Malone.
Once clouded with uncertainty about his basketball career, Trevon Malone has found a home and success in Clinton for the Choctaws.
"I was recruited by Division-1 schools but I couldn't make the ACT scores so I went to junior college at Mississippi Delta," said Malone.
While in junior college, Malone's goal was to improve his grades as well as his skills in order to get those D1 offers again.
The journey made a wrong turn in his sophomore season.
"My sophomore year, I tore my ACL and MCL and I was getting recruited by a lot of Division-1 schools prior to me tearing my knee up. They told me they probably weren't going to recruit me anymore," said Malone.
The severity of the injury put Malone's basketball career in doubt.
He was soon to find out he wasn't in it alone.
"My mom and dad kept telling me, showing me different things on the Internet, looking at different players that had same injury I had that came back from it," Malone stated.
"He was determined to get over that injury. It took him four, four and a half months to get it over," said Trevon's dad Howie Williams.
"It was supposed to take ten months to recover from but I went to rehab almost every day that summer that I tore it. I came back from it in four months," said Malone.
"Surprising but not really. We know that once Trevon puts his mind on doing things he going to do it," said Williams.
So, cleared to play basketball again, Malone received a scholarship to D2 Tuskegee in Alabama but the distance from his Memphis home made it a tough fit.
He transferred to Mississippi College, sitting out the entire season a year ago.
In his final collegiate season he is the starting power forward for the Choctaws and the team's leading scorer.
"It was a long process. many hard days between the rehab, my parents and family trying to keep me uplifted and me just staying confident in myself. It's been a long process though," said Malone.
"He's here which is good. We're glad he's here. God has more for him," said Williams.
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