GOLDEN - Wages is starting to pick up at the Colorado School of Mines. Trevor Wages, that is.
The CSM junior has gone from piece of the puzzle to center piece of a good Orediggers team.
The 6-foot-9, 255-pound Mines junior has emerged as not only a force this season but as perhaps the best player in all of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. And for this stellar play this season he is starting to rack up numerous honors and award.
“The individual stuff is great and it is nice to be acknowledged for what has happened so far but that has never been my main goal. I have always been a team first guy,” Wages said.
After leading his basketball team to a 4-0 record during this past month, Wages was named the RMAC Athlete of the Month for December 2012.
“I wasn’t really the go-to guy over the past couple seasons because we had such good players and we’re so deep. But this season I am trying to carry the load and be the guy who leads us,” Wages said.
“I have always wanted to be the best player. Before the start of this season I wasn’t thinking about being player of the year, or an All-American, but now as the season has progressed it is easier to see and look forward too.”
During Wages’ ridiculous December the Littleton native averaged 24.8 points and 14.5 rebounds per game over the four-game stretch that featured victories over New Mexico Highlands, Chadron State, Black Hills State and Colorado Christian.
He opened the month with a career-high, 30-point performance in Mines’ 89-84 overtime victory over NMHU on Dec. 1, while finishing 11-of-15 from the floor (73.3 percent) and recording 14 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal.
Wages then posted 20 points and 12 rebounds on 8-of-11 shooting (72.7 percent) in Mines’ 72-67 win over CSC on Dec. 7, before posting 26 points and career-high tying 21 rebounds in the Orediggers’ 69-64 victory over BHSU on Dec. 8. He closed out the month with 23 points and 11 rebounds in Mines’ 71-69 victory over CCU on Dec. 15.
For the month, the junior shot 63.6 percent from the floor (35-of-55) in addition to recording four-straight double-doubles and earning one of his three RMAC Player of the Week awards of the 2012 season.
“He is big, he is talented but he is also one of our hardest workers,” Mines coach Pryor Orser said. “Mines is different than any other school in the country because you have to find athletes that are smart enough to play school. So it is different for a program like ours to maintain success and it’s pretty special.”
It was the first RMAC Athlete of the Month award for Wages, and he becomes the third Mines student-athlete to earn the award this year, joining Matt Brown (Football, September) and Anna Evans (Women’s Soccer, October). Colorado Mesa University’s Katrina Selsor captured the women’s award for the month of December.
“This season we have gotten progressively better. We have such young players but they are maturing and we have come a long way since the beginning of the season. We are not winning every game but we are definitely playing hard,” Wages said.
So has Wages. On the season he is averaging nearly 17 points per game and over 10 rebounds. With that type of play Wages looks to carry his team to the NCAA Tournament.
Mines has qualified for the NCAA Tournament for three straight years and while many thought this would be the year that Mines had to go back into rebuild mode it looks like the Orediggers will be making their fourth straight tourney trip.
But this ride might now be over for Wages. This play this season has caught the eye of many and while Wages is a Mechanical Engineering major he may have to wait to start being mechanical.
That’s because his play has given him the opportunity to continue a basketball career professionally. While Wages says his future is up in the air, he said he may now pursue his basketball career overseas or even in the NBA’s D-League.