Annex athlete Trevena Bennett is the type of basketball player every coach wants on a team, one who can score but has a strong desire to grab rebounds. The 5’9” sophomore guard from Union has successfully transitioned to Bentley University after a solid career at Gill St. Bernard’s School in Gladstone.
In high school, she was a two-year team co-captain and selected as a first-team All-Somerset County as a senior after earning second-team All-County and Most Improved All-County honors as a junior. She was also an All-Skyland Conference selection as a senior and was named honorable mention All-Area by the Courier News and was instrumental in taking Gill St. Bernard’s to three county championships.
Star-Ledger basketball reporter Daniel Gibson wrote this about Trevena while watching her play in high school: “She plays with great effort and is very skilled as well. She was the first player streaking down court on a number of plays following a defensive rebound or a turnover. She has the ability to receive a pass in transition, put the ball on the floor and finish with a layup or run the lane and finish off a pass from teammates. Bennett also displayed a good touch on her mid-range jumper and free throws as well.”
Trevena discovered The ANNEX and performance coach Tim Laffey through her brother, Treyvon, who plays basketball at Seton Hall Prep.
“I was coming off of a knee injury and I needed someone to push me beyond my limits and help me get stronger,” said Trevena. “And that’s exactly what Tim did.”
She credits working out at The ANNEX with boosting her post-injury confidence, strength and speed, as well as training on how to use her body in the most effective way in athletics.
“I was completely shocked when I dumbbell snatched 55 pounds,” she recalled. “I can run faster, jump higher and even more explosive. When I returned to school this year. I felt so much stronger and more powerful.”
The discipline and training intensity at The ANNEX has also benefitted Trevena’s transition to the college level, where 6 a.m. workouts and two-a-days are the norm, she said.
As a marketing major with a minor in sports management, Trevena has envisioned owning her own sports training facility. Volunteering is a major part of her life, especially working with kids. She started a charity organization to honor her late father Lorne William Bennett called the LTrain Memorial Foundation Corp., which awards scholarship opportunities.
“Also, I am really into cooking,” she tells us. “I love to cook. It is also something I am very passionate about. I always get made fun by my friends and family because I think I am the only person that likes to go grocery shopping.”
We are proud to have Trevena as part of the Annex Family!