ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. — Former A.L. Brown basketball player David Tripp has experienced a lengthy basketball journey.
It still may have a happy ending.
Tripp, a 6-foot-5 forward, scored 33 points and added eight rebounds, five assists and five blocked shots in his second outing for Milligan University on Saturday. Tripp shot 13-for-22 from the field, made a 3-pointer and was 6-for-9 at the foul line.
Milligan, which competes in NAIA and is located in Elizabethton, Tenn., edged Point University (West Point, Ga.) 102-100 in overtime in an Appalachian Athletic Conference game. Tripp assisted on Milligan’s last bucket and had a late block to preserve victory for the Buffaloes (1-1).
Tripp enjoyed several 20-point games for coach Shelwyn Klutz’s Wonders back in the 2013-14 season after moving from Connecticut to Kannapolis.
He played two seasons at Davidson County Community College for coach Matt Ridge. He was a teammate of former Carson star Tre Williams as a freshman and averaged 11.8 points and 6.2 rebounds for the Storm as a sophomore in 2016-17.
Tripp played the 2017-18 season at Bluefield College and averaged 9.9 points and 6.5 rebounds.
After several setbacks, Tripp didn’t play the next two seasons.
He’s making a comeback and is playing this season for Milligan as a graduate student. He scored 19 in an opening-game that preceded Saturday’s explosion.
Milligan coach Bill Robinson told the Johnson City Press after Saturday’s game, “David’s going to be our heart and soul, and we know that.”