Scholar Athlete: Tre Sudberry

Pacelli’s Tre Sudberry lives by the words of NBA star Kevin Durant.

“Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.”

They’re words that mirror the way he approaches athletics. He’s a junior on the Vikings basketball team, averaging roughly twenty points a game. His coach, Alan Griffin, says he’s a vocal leader who continues to motivate his team on a daily basis.

“He brings the culture of the team up,” said Griffin. “We’re not a team with a losing attitude in anything we do. So we’re always trying to win in the classroom, win in the things that we do from a day-to-day basis which carries over to the court just because we’re thinking about winning and doing right constantly.”

Which for Sudberry, involves maintaining a 3.6 GPA. He says he enjoys studying mathematics but it takes a lot of hard work to keep up those grades, especially when juggling practices and games during the fall and winter sports seasons.

“It’s hard but I mean, I still have to do it,” said Sudberry. “But after practice, I just go home and do homework and study for test and quizzes and all that. I mean school comes first anyway, that’s what my mom and dad tell me. I have to make good grades, I have to.”

Because good grades mean a bright future. While Sudberry still has some time to decide where he wants to go after high school, he does know what he wants to do. He’s using the example of his superiors to one day encourage others, and hopes to become a teacher and a high school basketball coach.

“Showing kids how things can go on the court or on the field, team them right from wrong, and being a student athlete,” said Sudberry.

If you’re an area coach or Athletic Director and would like to nominate one of our athletes for our weekly segment, you can e-mail Jenna Callari at

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