Ex-Lions’ Hoops Star Refuses to Let Adversity Tripp Him Up; Lands Deal with NBA Grizzlies

Former Brooklyn Collegiate and Lincoln High School basketball standout Jahlil Tripp has endured trying times in his young life. 

Jahlil Tripp (Photo: Pacific Tigers Men’s Basketball).

But the Brooklyn native preserved through the arduous times and recently signed an Exhibit 10 deal with the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies, per the BC Lions’ coaching staff.

“We (our current staff) didn’t coach him,” Assistant Coach Ken Hoyte told BrooklynSportsWorld.com. “He left when the old staff got let go but it’s great to have someone from our neighborhood make it this far.”

An Exhibit 10 contract affords players an invitation to training camp and a guarantee of up to $50,000 if the team waives him and later assigns the player to the team’s affiliate in the G League, according to HoopsRumors.com

Originally committed to Rutgers, Tripp, 23, decided not to attend the university after the men’s basketball staff got dismissed. He spent a year at JUCO South Plains College in Texas and then the last three seasons at the University of the Pacific, where he led the Tigers with 16.2 points and 8.9 rebounds en route to the West Coast Conference (WCC) Defensive Player of the Year Award and All-WCC First Team honors in the 2019-20 campaign.

Tripp attended Brooklyn Collegiate for his first three years of high school. Much to Tripp’s chagrin, however, a series of unfortunate circumstances followed when a stray bullet struck him, and then a month later he broke his leg. 

Tripp would up missing his entire junior year of high school hoops. When the old staff got fired at Brooklyn Collegiate, he transferred to Lincoln and played his senior year at the Coney Island public high school. Tripp averaged 17 points and 11 rebounds per game that season with the Railsplitters.

He did apply for a fifth year of high school, but the PSAL denied him eligibility, according to Hoyte.

All in all, the 6-foot-5 forward’s toughness and steely determination has landed him in a solid spot going forward.

“He’ll get to go to Memphis training camp and after the camp, they will decide if they want to keep him on the roster, send him to their G League team, or let him go,” Hoyte explained.

Whatever happens, Tripp’s triumph over adversity is an important life lesson for all high school student-athletes looking to accomplish something monumental when faced with insurmountable odds. 

— Jerry Del Priore

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